Gum recession can happen for many reasons – genetics, aging, vigorous brushing, hormone fluctuations, or poor dental care. The recession allows plaque and tartar to build upon the root of a tooth, causing further decay and infection.
If the removal of plaque and tartar does not improve the gum recession, then surgery can be required. At Library Park Dental, patients are lucky enough to have one of the thousand dentists worldwide who are trained in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting methods, PST is incision and suture free. All of the instruments and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao, who trained Dr. Chiappetta.
How Does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique 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 the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique Performed?
During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a small needle is used to make a tiny hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are carefully 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.
So if you have gum recession, talk to Dr. Chiappetta or Dr. Haugstad today about whether the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique would benefit your situation. Call us today to schedule an appointment!