The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique has revolutionized the way dentists are able to treat gum recession, and that is not an overstatement. This scalpel and suture-free procedure uses a small hole placed into the gums by a needle to gently massage and stretch the gum tissue back into its original position. It can be performed quickly, and because it doesn’t require any incisions like a traditional gum graft, patients can look forward to a comfortable treatment as well as minimal post-op symptoms (such as pain, swelling, and bleeding). In just one appointment, Dr. Gasper can dramatically improve a person’s oral health and appearance at the same time.
Gum recession occurs when bacteria breaks down the soft tissues near the teeth and causes them to literally pull away from the enamel. This is a common symptom of gum disease, but it can also occur if a person brushes their teeth with too much pressure for a long period of time.
When a person has gum recession, this means that the root structures of their teeth have become exposed. The enamel around the roots is actually much thinner than the rest of the tooth, meaning it can become damaged and decayed much faster. When this happens, a tooth will become loose and may even fall out because its foundation has been removed.
Years ago, Dr. John Chao was trying to figure out a way to treat gum recession that was easier for patients, and this led him to develop the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST). It’s a procedure that doesn’t use any scalpels or sutures, and it has been proven effective in reversing gum recession long-term.
When using a gum graft to treat gum recession, a dentist would take a small amount of donor tissue (usually from the roof of a patient’s mouth) and suture it where the gums had pulled away from the teeth. While this method is often successful, the same kind of results can be achieved with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique while causing much less discomfort for a patient.
For this procedure, a small needle is used to make a tiny hole in a patient’s gum tissue. Using special instruments, this allows a dentist to loosen and massage the tissue back into its original position, covering the exposed roots of the teeth. There, it will not be sutured into place and will naturally reattach to the teeth over time.
Using this approach, Dr. Gasper can completely reverse gum recession in just a matter of minutes per tooth, all without any cutting or suturing. With it, he can improve the appearance of the smile and safeguard a patient from future tooth loss. The results are immediate, sustainable, and patients can look forward to a quick recovery that is virtually pain-free.
If gum recession is causing your smile to look or feel less than its best, the Chao PST is a proven solution that can help turn things around in just one easy visit. To learn more about this procedure and what you can do about gum recession, give us a call today.