Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. 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 gumline 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. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free.
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao, and who trained Dr. Huda Aljonaidy.
How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) 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 Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) 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 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.
What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:
• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate • Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
Wound Care Instructions for First 6 Weeks
DO these things to heal and keep mouth fresh
Gently ice on top of cheeks as much as possible for first 48 hours - 10 minutes on, then 10 minutes off & repeat as much as possible.
Brush the tongue gently.
Brush any teeth that did not have surgery on them.
May very slowly & gently brush the lingual (inside next to tongue) of the teeth that
had surgery on them.
May use provided rinse to “drool rinse” Turn head side to side and let rinse come
out. No gargling, no swooshing & no spitting.
Eat a healthy diet using softer, easily chewable foods. May blend any healthy foods
for a smoothie.
Lower sugar intake to maximize healing.
Use an extra soft toothbrush for 6 months after surgery.
Return to this office for all post-operative/polishing visits.
DO NOT do these things during the first 6 weeks after surgery
Don’t do anything that will disturb the surgical sites. Be your own best wound caretaker. Be as gentle as possible for 6 weeks.
No brushing, flossing or waterpik of the surgical sites.
No touching the surgical sites with fingers, tongue or any other object like cotton
swabs, picks etc.
Do not look at the surgical sites. Keep cheek movements to minimum.
Do not sleep with hands under the cheek.
No spitting, use of straws, blowing balloons, snorkeling or use of wind instruments.
No smoking, no sucking candies or mints (Consult doctor for medical use
No heavy aerobics, vigorous dancing, heavy lifting or physical activity for 1 week.
10.No scalding hot liquids or alcohol for 1 week after surgery. 11.No crunchy or sticky foods.