Anyone who has gone through traditional surgical grafting to treat receding gums knows that it can be a painful and involved process. But now, dental patients have an alternative—a less invasive and more comfortable way to correct gum tissue recession and tooth root exposure without using stitches. This relatively new, less painful approach is called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™), and it can remedy many patients’ gum recession more quickly and effectively.
Gum recession is a common and serious dental problem because the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth moves away, exposing more of the root, which can be painful and lead to the eventual loss of the tooth. The gum tissue loss is the visible result of underlying loss of the supporting bone. This bone and tissue loss is most often caused by gum disease and the long-term effects of a traumatic bite.
Traditional root coverage surgery involves removing tissue from the roof of the mouth and using it to cover the exposed roots. This two-site surgery is effective, but commonly produces significant discomfort for the patient.
Contrast that with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, where no sutures are required. In this procedure, the gum tissue in the treatment area is gently released from the underlying bone through the pinhole, allowing it to be shifted to the desirable position over the tooth roots. A collagen material is then introduced through the same pinhole, which stabilizes the newly repositioned tissue and allows healing. The process is completed in a single visit.
Patients considering the pinhole gum rejuvenation technique should only have a dentist who has the specialized training, instrumentation and certification from its creator, Dr. John Chao, perform the advanced procedure.
Patients are happy they chose pinhole gum rejuvenation. Compared to the traditional approach, they have reported feeling less discomfort and swelling, and the healing time is shortened.