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Gum Recession

Several different elements make up an irresistible smile; radiant, healthy teeth immediately spring to mind. But the gum tissue that supports those teeth also plays a major role in how attractive your smile looks.

Rejuvenate Your Gums With The Chao Pinhole® Technique

Feeling that your smile is not as alluring as you’d like it to be is more common than you think. In fact, several issues relating to your gums can affect your oral health and overall facial aesthetics.

For example, your teeth may have started to appear longer than usual because your gum tissue has shrunk or receded. And sometimes, it’s the opposite problem – your smile might look “gummy,” making your teeth appear too short because there is too much gum tissue above your upper teeth.

Fortunately, our cosmetic dentistry team can treat these and other gum issues right here, at our elegant dental and medical boutique. We’ve had incredible success using the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®) to restore gum tissue. Unlike surgical interventions, this technique features:

  • Minimal downtime
  • No sutures
  • No grafting site

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Excellent dental care and outstanding customer service are not the only things that set us apart. At Dr. Patty Miami, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond the mark to offer our clients an upscale, anxiety-free experience at every visit.

Discover the exclusive perks offered at Dr. Patty Miami:

Numbness reversal

Numbness can be limiting, affecting one’s speech, smile, and ability to drink after a visit. Dr. Patty’s reversal process allows clients to leave the dental boutique and carry on with their day as if nothing happened, so you don’t have to worry about canceling your engagements after your procedure.


The professionals at Dr. Patty Miami are committed to your health and wellness. That’s why we use lasers to offer a safe, anxiety-free dental experience without drills and scalpels. This innovative laser technology has several advantages, including minimal intervention and, in most cases, little-to-no anesthesia.

Sedation dentistry

Multiple options for a more comfortable and nerve-free experience.

Personal Concierge Service

We can arrange everything from RedCap or limo transportation to and from your appointment to making nearby lunch or dinner reservations for after your appointment.

Advanced Digital Surround X-Rays

Minimal exposure, more precise, and digitally stored for your convenience.

State-of-the-art technologies and facilities

Complimentary wine & Nespresso coffee bar, hot towel service, temple massage therapy, paraffin treatments, music & movie selections are just a few of the amenities you’ll find at our ultra-chic, upscale facilities.


Why Choose The Chao Pinhole® Technique For Your Treatment?

Surgical grafts were once the only option for treating receding gums. This procedure would involve having soft tissue stitched into opposition to rebuild the gum line and prevent further oral health issues.

Now, with the Chao Pinhole® Technique, guests can rejuvenate their gums with a minimally invasive option that eliminates the need for sutures or an extended recovery period.

The cosmetic dentistry team at Dr. Patty Miami has been personally trained and certified by Dr. Chao himself, the creator of the PST®. So, if you are struggling with receding gums or feel self-conscious about a smile that shows too much gum, rest assured that we can help! Call or request an appointment online with a gum revitalization specialist today.

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A Sexy Smile Starts With Healthy Gums

Gum recession happens when the gingival tissue has retreated or pulled back from the base of your tooth or teeth. Many factors can lead the gums to retreat, including:

  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Harsh tooth brushing habits
  • Smoking
  • Aging

If you are experiencing gum recession, the root of some of your teeth may have started to become partially exposed. This is something you want to get taken care of as soon as possible. When left untreated, gum recession can cause severe discomfort and sensitivity, and increase your risk for infections that could ultimately result in tooth loss.

Because gums tend to recede gradually instead of all at once, many of us don’t notice the issue until teeth feel more sensitive or one or more teeth look longer than usual. Unfortunately, gum recession only tends to get worse over time. So, if you think your gums may be receding, call or schedule an appointment online at Dr. Patty Miami today.

The minimally invasive Chao Pinhole Technique will rejuvenate your gums, prevent further damage, and transform your smile in as little as one visit.

What To Expect From Your Gum Recession Procedure

The Chao Pinhole Technique entails a series of minor adjustments to your gum tissue that result in life-changing improvements to the health and appearance of your gum line.

During your PTS treatment, your Dr. Patty Miami cosmetic dentist will use a needle to puncture a tiny hole into the affected gum site. They will then use a special instrument designed by Dr. Chao to gently lift the tissue and move it to a more elevated position that covers the exposed tooth root.

We love using the Chao Pinhole technique because it doesn’t require grafts or sutures to hold the gum line in its new position. And the small pinhole heals quickly – often overnight – so you will be able to get back to your work and play activities in no time.


Gum Recession FAQs

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Recession?

Gum recession happens gradually, so many people are not aware they have it until it has advanced significantly. The best way to identify receding gums is by seeing your dentist twice a year for regular checkups. At home, keep an eye out for:

  • Red, swollen, or darkened gums
  • Excessive bleeding when you brush or floss
  • New tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • Longer-looking teeth

Swollen or bleeding gums shouldn’t be ignored. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s time to visit Dr. Patty Miami for a gum examination. We can help you achieve an exquisite, confident smile with minimal pain and discomfort. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

Can Gum Recession Be Reversed?

Yes and no. Once your gum tissue has receded, it cannot grow back. However, there are several professional dental procedures, including the minimally invasive Chao Pinhole Technique (CPT), that can cover the exposed root structure by repositioning your own gum tissue.

Please contact our office if you’d like to learn more about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique and our other options for gum revitalization.

Can Gum Recession Cause Tooth Loss?

Yes. Gum recession can create little “pockets” or gaps between the teeth and the gum line, which are ideal places for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If left untreated, the gum tissue and supporting structures can become severely damaged and eventually lead to tooth loss.

Is Gum Recession Therapy Painful?

At Dr. Patty Miami we use the Chao Pinhole Technique, which doesn’t require stitches or big incisions, so you can expect minimal bleeding, pain, and swelling. You may experience some mild discomfort after the local anesthesia has worn off, which can be treated at home with over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

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