Restore Your Gum Line with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Over time, periodontal disease can cause gum recession, impacting patients' oral health and resulting in dental sensitivity. Traditionally, patients had to undergo a gum grafting procedure to address gum recession, which involves incisions and sutures. However, Dr. Roger Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart at Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A. in Jackson, MS, now offer an advanced alternative for the right candidates, delivering faster results with reduced discomfort, bleeding, and swelling. Using the minimally-invasive Chao Pinhole® surgical technique, we can rejuvenate receding gums without a scalpel or sutures, helping patients achieve optimal oral health while restoring balance and aesthetics to the gum line.

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Using this technique, our team can reposition your gums without sutures or large incisions.

Who is Good Candidate?

This procedure is ideal for patients who are struggling with gum recession, but are looking for a less invasive approach to soft tissue grafting. Gum recession occurs when soft tissue surrounding the base of a tooth begins to pull away and expose the tooth roots. This condition is generally caused by gum disease, poor oral hygiene, and aggressive tooth brushing, but it can also develop as a result of hormonal changes, smoking, and aging. Once gums begin to recede, the only way to reverse the effects is through traditional gum grafting treatments or the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

This technique was developed by Dr. John Chao in 2006 as a more comfortable approach to addressing gum recession. This blade-free and suture-free procedure can be performed under a local anesthetic and does not require tissue removal. Before undergoing the procedure, your doctor can perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to ensure you are a candidate. 

This procedure is ideal for patients who are struggling with gum recession, but are looking for a less invasive approach to soft tissue grafting.

Your Procedure

After administering a local anesthetic, your doctor can carefully insert a small needle above the affected area to create a tiny hole. He can then place a special dental instrument through the hole and gently shift the gum tissue into proper alignment. To ensure comprehensive results, he can repeat the procedure until all areas of recessed gums are addressed. Once corrected, he can stabilize the gums by inserting tiny collagen strips through the hole. The length of the procedure will depend upon the extent of treatment, but it typically takes about one hour per tooth.


It is not uncommon to experience some swelling or tenderness for the first 24 hours after visiting our office. However, you can generally resume normal activities the day after the procedure. As your gums heal, we recommend following a regimented oral hygiene schedule to keep the area clean. You should also avoid spicy, crunchy, and other abrasive foods so as not to disturb recovery.

Benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Using the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, Drs. Parkes and Stewart can help patients achieve healthier gums. Choosing to undergo this procedure can ensure:

  • Increased comfort
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Scalpel-free, suture-free, and graft-free procedure
  • Improved oral health

In addition to the oral health benefits, patients can also enjoy improved aesthetics, with a more balanced, even gum line.

Schedule Your Consultation

Our team has over 30 years of experience and uses the latest dental technology to ensure you receive high quality care. If you are looking for a minimally invasive approach to restoring your gum line and reversing the affects of gum recession, contact our office online or call (601) 956-1230 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart.

Dr. Roger B Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart, are committed to providing patients in Clinton, Ridgeland, and Jackson, MS, with high-quality care in a comfortable setting. They are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Jackson Dental Society

To schedule a consultation at our periodontal practice, contact us online or call (601) 956-1230.

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"Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff." Alex S.

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