The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® (PST) is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure that treats gum recession. This procedure is performed by using a needle to make a small hole in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the tooth where the gum has receded.It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.
Patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding) since there will be no incisions. Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement after the procedure.
Benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results (see before and after pictures below)
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This occurs 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 gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, having a gum recession treatment is important for long-lasting dental wellness.
How does PST differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it heals. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.