Receding gums don’t just cause tooth sensitivity and increased risk of root decay – they also cause patients to feel uncomfortable about their smile due to exposure of roots which are darker, and more noticeable than tooth enamel. Ruining the look of an otherwise healthy mouth – gum recession correction has normally involved lengthy and often painful procedures that don’t always leave a patient smiling. But NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental are excited to offer patients The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST) – a procedure that corrects gum recession without the need to graft, suture or use a scalpel.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST) has years of research, trials and development behind it, thanks to the skills and advance thinking of Dr. John Chao; a dentist and inventor of this minimally invasive technique. The creation of a practicing dentist means that the technique has been perfected to address the suitable nuances that can present themselves during gum surgery – with any unanticipated challenges being worked out prior to the general public receiving this procedure. Since September 2013, dentists around the world have been able to obtain training on PST and introduce this smile enhancing technique to their patients.
What exactly is involved with PST? Pinhole Surgical Technique is exactly that – a technique that involves the dentist making a small hole (to be used as an entry point) above the area of gum that needs to be treated. Instruments that were designed by Dr. John Chao are then used to gently lift the gum away from the bone and move it over the tooth – hiding any area of recession. Collagen strips are then placed under the gum (through the entry point) to ensure that the new gum level stays in place. The use of collagen strips also acts as a stimulant for the body to produce more collagen of its own – thereby improving the overall result. Only local anesthetic is required to numb the area, and the procedure takes just a few minutes per tooth to perform – with the technique allowing for multiple teeth to be treated in just one session and the entry point is barely visible within forty-eight hours.
Gum Recession affects many people and can be the result of different dental health issues – from inadequate oral hygiene – trauma – natural aging process – lifestyle choices and periodontal disease. Whatever the cause of gum recession, The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is able to correct the resulting cosmetic issues. With no sutures, scalpels or grafting involved – Pinhole Surgery translates to faster results with less discomfort and downtime – that alone is something to smile about.