What is The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a blade-free, suture-free surgical procedure used to correct gum recession. Compared to traditional gum grafting surgery, the Chao Pinhole Technique is faster with minimal discomfort, and it involves less bleeding and recovery time. Dr. Scott Schlueter is an experienced periodontist who can safely and successfully correct your gum recession, resulting in healthier gums and a more beautiful smile.
WHY DO WE GET GUM RECESSION?
While gum recession is usually viewed as one of the symptoms of gum disease, it can also be caused by insufficient tooth brushing, overly aggressive tooth brushing, or from certain medications that can affect gum health. Gum recession can even be caused by orthodontic treatments and appliances like braces or retainers.
Why choose PST™?
Unlike gum grafting, The Chao Pinhole Surgery Technique™ is minimally invasive and does not cut gum tissue, making it a much less painful option. Gum recession was traditionally treated using a connective tissue graft, which “harvests” gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and then sutures it to the affected area. Connective tissue grafts have a recovery period of up to three weeks and patients often experience side effects including: gum pain, swelling and bleeding. Palatal tissue grafts (tissue taken from the roof of your mouth) also have a different esthetic appearance than normal gum tissue, as the color and texture of roof tissue does not match that of your gums. Other methods, such as using donor tissues, may require intricate suturing, leading to possible complications and infection.
Benefits of The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
Compared to conventional gum grafting, this procedure provides patients with many benefits, including:
- Less bleeding
- No second surgical site
- Minimal discomfort
- Faster recovery
If you have any concerns about possible gum recession, or are worried about the side effects of gum grafting, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to discuss the details and benefits of The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique PST®.