A Breakthrough Treatment for Gum Recession
What is gum recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gum line and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
What is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free.
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao, and who trained our doctor.
How does the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft-tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gum line. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed.
While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.
How is Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique performed?
During the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue.
These tools help expand and slide the gum line to cover the exposed root structure.
There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.
What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique are many:
- Can correct gum recession in as little as 1 treatment session
- Minimal discomfort and swelling in most cases because the method is scalpel-free, suture-free and graft free
- Long term results per the International Journal of Periodontology & Restorative Dentistry (October 2012)
- Can prevent tooth loss and the need for other costly procedures such as implants or dentures
- Can enhance a more youthful and attractive appearance
- Most patients are back to normal light activities within 24-48 hours post procedure