Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
A breakthrough treatment for gum recession
What is gum recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of chronic gingivitis, periodontal disease (periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or brushing too hard.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. If the root is exposed, that means that the bone that was covering the root is no longer there. As the gums recede, the bone recedes with it. Therefore, you are losing the front wall that holds your tooth in place, which decreases the support around your tooth. This means that your tooth can become loose over time and it also makes it more susceptible to tooth decay because the root surface is not as strong as enamel. Since healthy gums and a stable foundation of bone are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is extremely important.
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 (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 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 (PST) performed?
During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a small pinhole is made in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole (like a laparoscopic surgery), special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline 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 (PST)?
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:
• 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