A new minimally invasive technique, call Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) has been invented and licensed by Dr. John Chao. This method for restoring missing gum coverage from the roots of teeth utilizes specialized instruments through a small perforation in the gum tissue. There are no scalpel incisions or stitches needed to achieve results.
Exposed tooth roots due to loss of gum tissue is one of the most common dental gum problems, that may often cause tooth sensitivity and be unsightly to look at. This problem can be the result of any one or combination of factors, such as gingivitis, orthodontic expansion of the dental arch, over-exuberant tooth brushing, smoking, clenching and grinding of the teeth and/or aging. It is said that the older one lives, the higher the chance of this problem occurring in virtually one half of the population on some of their teeth.
Until the invention of the PST, the treatment of choice was to remove a section of gum from one’s palate (donor site), and transferring it to the area of gum loss (recipient site), and then stitching the gum in place. This requires two wound sites, coupled with the use of a scalpel and sutures. PST allows for multiple gum recession area to be treated in often just one visit with no scalpel, no sutures, and no incision.
Only a select number of dentists, who have been through an intense training program at Dr. Chao’s training center in Alhambra, California are licensed by Dr. Chao to provide this service. Dr. Brother completed this training in March 2016 and has been pleased to offer this service to a number of patients, who have been very happy with the result of covering their exposed tooth roots.