Pinhole Surgical Technique™

A Breakthrough Treatment for Gum Recession

Aria Dental is proud to be one of the top dental practice to offer an innovative, minimally invasive treatment to repair receding gums. This revolutionary procedure, known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation or Lunchtime Gumlift™ enables our PST-Certified periodontists to treat gum recession without incisions or sutures. 

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What Is Gum Recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.

Why Should Gum Recession Be Taken Seriously?

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gum line and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

What Is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST)?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Our periodontist who is certified in Pinhole Surgical Technique uses specialized instruments to make a small hole in your gum and add collagen materials which stabilizes the area of gum recession.  Unlike traditional grafting techniques, this new method of PST™ is simple, scalpel-free, and suture-free procedure. PST™ was developed and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. 

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 gum line. 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™ Performed?

During the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue.

These tools help expand and slide the gum line 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.

Benefits of PST™

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ are many:

  • Non-invasive
  • Less discomfort for the patient after treatment.
  • Almost instant cosmetic improvement.
  • Incision and suture-free.
  • No scalpels or invasive surgical tools.
  • No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate.
  • Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results.
  • One visit can treat multiple areas of recession

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