Chao Pinhole® surgery is a dental surgical technique that is used for treating receding gums. The technique is minimally invasive, and it helps to restore tissue coverage to the exposed roots. The procedure does not require the use of scalpels, grafts, or sutures that are used during traditional gum grafting. Developed by Dr. John Chao, the new technique is gaining ground as an effective treatment option for gum recession.
The PST technique begins with the creation of a small Pinhole in the existing gum tissue. The periodontist inserts a tool in the hole to loosen the tissue and remove gingiva from the tooth and bone. Collagen fibers are then inserted to stabilize or reposition the gum tissue. This helps to cover the exposed root and lower the gumline.
Traditional treatments for gum recession involve the use of soft-tissue grafting to rebuild the gumline. The tissue grafts are often taken from the patient’s soft palate in the mouth. The tissue is grafted or sutured over the exposed area of the gumline. As the gum heals, the new donor tissue will grow with the existing tissue. On the other hand, Pinhole surgery does not require tissue grafting. This makes the technique less invasive.
Pinhole surgical technique takes less time than traditional gum grafting. This means that you can get all the benefits of gum recession treatment in a shorter time. Some of the benefits include reducing sensitivity, preventing gum disease and tooth loss, and improving your smile.
PST does not require soft tissue grafts, which means less swelling and discomfort. The healing process is much easier, and there are fewer complications. Unlike with traditional grafting techniques, the results are immediate, and the entire mouth can be treated in one session.
The extent of root coverage can be rather unpredictable. This is especially the case where the patient does not have thick gum tissue or has an advanced bone loss. The procedure can only be done on patients who do not have inflammation or active periodontal diseases.
In order for the patient to experience long-term results, they must avoid aggressive tooth brushing. It may also be necessary to wear a mouthguard at night to protect the gums and teeth from grinding. As with all new techniques, long-term follow-up studies on the technique are not available.
The minimally invasive procedure is not for everyone. The best candidate is someone healthy with enough attached gingivae for the dentist to work with. For best results, candidates for PST need to have thick gum tissue. The technique is not recommended for people who have advanced bone loss. The procedure is ideal for patients with multiple gum problem areas. Unlike traditional gum recession treatments that deal with one tooth at a time, PST will address several teeth simultaneously.
It is important to visit an experienced dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Your dentist will explain the procedure and its pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision.
To find out more about Pinhole surgery, visit Le Smile Aesthetic & Comprehensive Dentistry at our offices in Vienna and Fall Church, Virginia. You can also call (703) 448-3527 or (703) 534-6226 to book an appointment today.