• Robert A. Levine, DDS, FCPP, FISPPS
  • Philip L. Fava II, DMD, MDSc

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Einstein Center One, Suite 211-212
9880 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115

Pinhole® Treatment for Gum Recession

Goodbye Gum Recession. Hello Beautiful Smiles!
With Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation

The Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics is pleased to announce a new best practice treatment for patients with receding gums. As a certified Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation (also called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) specialist, Dr. Fava introduces this new breakthrough treatment. Dr. Fava has personally trained with Dr. John Chao who patented specialized instruments to enable this suture-free, minimally invasive procedure to treat gum recession.

Our Modified Surgical Approach to Correcting Gum Recession

In the past, conventional gum grafting, an effective but sometimes uncomfortable procedure, meant cutting into the mouth palate in order to graft a section of gum onto the receding tooth area. The shifted soft tissue would be sutured in place and would slowly join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is still effective, comparable results, with better overall patient experience, can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® technique.

With Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation, esthetic enhancement is nearly instant thanks to a tiny (0.1”) “pinhole” entry point made with a specially designed instrument. The tool frees gingival (gum) tissue and glides the tissue over the receded part of the tooth, covering the exposed area. Tiny collagen strips placed at the site of the recession plumps up and helps hold the loosened gum tissue in place. No sutures are required and recovery is fast since the tiny pinhole entry point often heals within only 24 hours.

          Chao Pinhole® versus Traditional Gum Grafting

Why Do Gums Recede?

Gum recession and tooth loss are often caused by periodontal diseases and bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds our teeth in place. Other causes of gum recession can include:

  • Aggressive brushing
  • Misalignment of bite or crooked teeth
  • Genetic predisposition (30% of the population!)
  • Inadequate preventative dental care
  • Tobacco usage
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Body piercing in the lip or tongue
  • Hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, menopause)

If you’re experiencing receding gums and think you might be a candidate for Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation, schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Fava by calling us today at 215-677-8686.


Only a Pinhole®-certified dentist can offer this technique. Philip L. Fava, DMD, MDSc is a certified dentist in the CHAO Pinhole® Technique for treating gum recession.

More about Pinhole®: How the Pinhole® Technique Treats Gum Recession

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Einstein Center One, Suite 211-212
9880 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115

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