Dr. Steffany Mohan Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in West Des Moines
A breakthrough treatment for gum recession
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®), was invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. It is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure that treats gum recession.
This certain type of procedure is done by making a small hole with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding) since there will be no incisions. Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement after having the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This occurs as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
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 gum line and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, to have a gum recession treatment is important for long-lasting dental wellness.
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, who trained our doctor, Dr. Steffany Mohan.
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gum line. 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 gum line 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.
If you would like to know more about this treatment please call our friendly team on 515 612 7148 to discover more.
Plaza Dental Group. 1089 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines, IA 50266