Chao Pinhole®

Periodontist in St. Louis, Missouri

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) is a revolutionary, minimally invasive procedure designed to treat gum recession without the need for traditional gum grafting surgery. At Schlueter Periodontics & Implants, Dr. Scott Schlueter and Dr. Trinity Boszko are highly skilled in performing this advanced technique, offering patients a faster, more comfortable, and effective solution for gum recession.

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What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a breakthrough in periodontal treatment, offering a less invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting. This innovative procedure involves making a small pinhole in the gum tissue through which specially designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue and reposition it over the receded areas. This technique eliminates the need for scalpels, sutures, and grafting, resulting in minimal discomfort, reduced bleeding, and a significantly shorter recovery time.

Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

  • Minimally Invasive: The procedure does not involve cutting or stitching the gums, making it much less invasive than traditional gum grafting.
  • Minimal Discomfort: Patients experience significantly less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure compared to conventional surgical methods.
  • Quick Recovery: The recovery time is much shorter, allowing patients to return to their normal activities almost immediately.
  • Reduced Bleeding: The technique causes minimal bleeding, making it a safer option for patients with certain medical conditions.
  • Aesthetic Results: The Chao Pinhole® Technique provides immediate cosmetic improvements, resulting in a more beautiful and healthy smile.
  • Long-Lasting Outcomes: The results of the procedure are durable, providing patients with long-term benefits.

The Procedure

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is performed in several steps:

  1. Initial Consultation: During your initial consultation, Dr. Schlueter or Dr. Boszko will conduct a comprehensive examination of your gums to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the Chao Pinhole® Technique. They will discuss your treatment goals and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
  2. Preparation: On the day of the procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered to ensure your comfort. Once the area is numb, a small pinhole is created in the gum tissue near the affected area.
  3. Tissue Repositioning: Using specially designed instruments, Dr. Schlueter or Dr. Boszko will gently loosen the gum tissue and guide it over the receded areas. This process helps to cover exposed roots and restore the natural gum line.
  4. Stabilization: Collagen strips may be inserted through the pinhole to help stabilize the repositioned gum tissue and promote healing.
  5. Post-Procedure Care: After the procedure, you will receive detailed instructions on how to care for your gums during the healing process. This may include guidelines on diet, oral hygiene, and activities to avoid to ensure optimal results.

Who is a Candidate for the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole® Technique is suitable for most patients experiencing gum recession. Ideal candidates include those who:

  • Have receding gums due to periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, or other factors.
  • Prefer a minimally invasive treatment option with a quick recovery time.
  • Are looking for a procedure with immediate cosmetic benefits.
  • Have good overall oral and general health.

During your consultation at Schlueter Periodontics & Implants, Dr. Schlueter or Dr. Boszko will evaluate your specific condition and determine if the Chao Pinhole® Technique is the best treatment option for you.

Advantages Over Traditional Gum Grafting

Traditional gum grafting involves taking tissue from the roof of the mouth or using donor tissue to cover exposed tooth roots. While effective, this method can be invasive, painful, and require a longer recovery period. In contrast, the Chao Pinhole® Technique offers several advantages:

  • No Scalpel or Sutures: The absence of cutting and stitching reduces pain and accelerates healing.
  • Less Invasive: The pinhole approach is far less traumatic to the gum tissue.
  • Quick Results: Patients see immediate improvements in their gum line and smile aesthetics.
  • Reduced Risk of Complications: The minimally invasive nature of the procedure decreases the likelihood of complications such as infection or prolonged bleeding.

Post-Procedure Care and Maintenance

After undergoing the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, it is essential to follow the post-procedure care instructions provided by Dr. Schlueter or Dr. Boszko to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. These instructions may include:

  • Gentle Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss gently to avoid disturbing the healing gum tissue.
  • Dietary Adjustments: Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that may irritate the gums during the initial healing period.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Schedule follow-up appointments as recommended to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing gum recession and are interested in learning more about the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Scott Schlueter and Dr. Trinity Boszko are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care and helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

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