Miami and Coral Gables, FL
What is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Also referred to as the PST™, it is a gum rejuvenation procedure patented by Dr. John Chao, DDS. Only certified dentists such as Drs. Garcia and Sanchez-Garcia of Miami Designer Smiles can perform this revolutionary procedure.
By using a specially designed instrument, the dentist will make a tiny entry point in your gum tissue while your mouth is numb, gently guide the tissue over the affected area, and hold it in place with collagen fibers that also help aid in the healing process.
This procedure is simple, suture-free, and minimally invasive, which means a more comfortable, faster healing process. Many patients can return to their normal activities the next day. PST™ truly is a revolutionary procedure that has even been featured in the International Journal of Periodontics, one of the most prestigious dentistry journals in the world.
What causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession is often associated with gum disease, but also can be caused by aggressive brushing or even brushing too much. For some patients, gum recession is caused by medications or medical conditions. The fact is that gum recession affects many Americans at some point in time. It is connected to the natural aging process, and hormonal changes. In some cases, gum recession may result from orthodontic treatment such as braces or retainers.
What happens when gums recede?
The roots of teeth are nestled below the gum line. As your gums recede, you may notice a slight tooth sensitivity at first that may worsen over time. This is because the tooth roots do not have a protective layer of enamel like the upper portion of our teeth. That is what gives teeth the natural white look. Below the gum line, the roots of our teeth appear yellowish in color, which contributes to the embarrassing look of gum recession. Plus, receding gums make teeth appear unnaturally long and uneven.
Why choose PST™?
Unlike traditional gum grafting surgery, The Pinhole Surgery Technique™ is minimally invasive and does not involve the need to cut gum tissue, making it a much less painful option.
Traditionally, a tissue graft was the only option for treating gum recession. This procedure involved the dentist cutting tissue from the roof of the mouth, and suturing it in place over the area being treated. Recovery following a traditional gum graft took several weeks or more, leaving patients in considerable discomfort with swelling and bleeding. With traditional gum surgery, there is also the risk of complications or infection.
Is PST™ right for me?
You may be wondering if the Chao Pinhole procedure is right for you. Only a thorough consultation with the dentist will determine if it is the right treatment for your gum recession. However, if you suffer from gum recession, and it causes you tooth sensitivity, or to feel embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth, then you should consider this revolutionary procedure.
There are certain benefits of PST™ that make it a more viable option, versus traditional gum surgery, for many patients.
Benefits of PST™
- Reduces the side effects of gum surgery (bleeding, swelling, gum pain, risk of infection)
- Almost immediate results
- No incisions or sutures
- Faster recovery
- Treat multiple areas in one visit
- Can be completed in as little as one hour
If you suffer from gum recession regardless of the cause, consider a consultation with us at Miami Designer Smiles. Our dentists, Drs. Garcia and Sanchez-Garcia are certified to perform this revolutionary procedure.
To learn more about The Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™ or to schedule your consultation, contact the office of Miami Designer Smiles by calling (305) 595-4616.
We welcome patients in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.