The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession.
This procedure is performed 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. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.
To learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique, please contact our office.
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What is gum recession?
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 Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is scalpel and suture free.
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao.
How does Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique 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 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?
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 patients palate.
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results.
Meet F.C. Chiappetta, DDS
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Kenosha WI
Dr. Chiappetta is a life-long resident of Kenosha and has been providing dental services in the area since graduating from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1978.
Combining his deep-rooted commitment to the area and the expertise he has gained through his extensive continued education and clinical experience, you can be assured that the treatments he recommends are based on your long-term health needs, as well as your personal goals and expectations.
Dr. Chiappetta has taken extensive advanced courses in the study of occlusion, endodontics, dental implants, periodontics and cosmetic/ esthetic dental techniques. He has completed the Implantology Continuum at Harvard University, the Aesthetic Continuum from Case Western Reserve University, the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco, and graduated from the LV Institute for Advanced Dental Studies where he studied advanced dental esthetics.
He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, and a Fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International. Dr. Chiappetta is a member and past president of the Kenosha County Dental Society. He served as a regional director and was on the board of trustees for the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Chiappetta is extremely involved in the community and has served...
- as a Board Member of the Kenosha United Way
- on the local United Way Professional Relations Committee.
- on the Visiting Nurse Association Board – an organization that helps bring nursing services to the homes of home-bound patients.
- on various committees of his church.
- on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin State Golf Association.
- on the Board of Directors of the Western Golf Association
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