Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)
Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Patients who are experiencing gum recession or who have a gummy smile may be good candidates for the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), an innovative procedure that is growing in popularity, due to it being suture and scalpel free and much less invasive than the traditional gum grafting procedure. Pinhole Surgical Technique involves making a small hole using a needle to loosen gum tissue, which is then moved over the areas of the tooth where the gum has receded. Because there is not cutting or stitching required for this procedure, patients can enjoy a much faster recovery period and avoid post-procedural issues commonly associated with traditional treatment options for gum recession, such as swelling, pain, discomfort, and/or bleeding.
At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment for a procedure, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.
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Gum Graft vs Pinhole Surgical Technique
The traditional method for treating gum recession has been gum grafting, a procedure that involves removing healthy tissue from one area of the mouth and grafting that tissue onto the area(s) that require support. While gum grafting is an effective method for treating gum recession, Pinhole Surgical Technique has the same efficacy, but has the added value of being far less invasive, and has a much shorter recovery time, due to it
eliminating the need for cutting and stitches. Because it has the same level of efficacy as gum grafting while simultaneously reducing the patient’s recovery process, Pinhole Surgical Technique has become an increasingly popular treatment option.
Aftercare Following Pinhole Surgical Technique
As previously stated, one of the biggest benefits to the Pinhole Surgical Technique procedure is that recovery time is minimal, which means you will not have to alter your diet, and your gums should be fully healed in no time. Although it will not be necessary to follow special aftercare instructions, it is important to be aware of the reason this procedure was needed in the first place. Continue practicing good daily oral hygiene practices. Brush and floss twice daily, and schedule regular visits to your periodontist to ensure that your teeth receive regular professional cleanings, which will reduce your risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright and healthy smile for many years to come.