A receding gum line is common among many of our patients, and though a primary concern is their smile’s altered appearance, gum recession can be the result of more serious oral health issues like gum disease. As with many people, the thought of undergoing traditional gum grafting surgery that requires scalpels and incisions, in addition to long treatment and healing times, may leave you feeling anxious. To provide you with the most advanced, comfortable, and minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting, we offer the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™) to treat gum recession.
“We Use The Chao Pinhole Technique to correct gum recession. It is very non invasive. the great benefit is we are able to correct all recession in one appontment.”
Stephen Strout DMD, MS
Half of all Americans over the age of 30 suffer from some degree of gum recession. This condition occurs when gums begin to pull away from the tooth, leaving the sensitive tooth root exposed. No matter the cause, treating your gum recession is essential to maintaining your oral and overall health.
Symptoms of Gum Recession:
Example of PST Procedure
Unlike painful and time-consuming gum grafting, PST is a comfortable, fast, and efficient alternative procedure that allows patients to return to their normal lives the day after treatment. During your PST procedure, a small “pinhole” is created above the affected tooth and then existing gum tissue is gently manipulated and shifted back down over the exposed root. Many patients prefer PST over traditional gum grafting due to its minimally-invasive nature, elimination of scalpels and incisions, and fast treatment and recovery time.
Benefits of PST™:
Certification in PST requires specialized hands-on training and not every doctor has elected to undergo training in this service. To provide patients with comfortable and advanced treatment options, Dr. Stephen Strout is certified and highly skilled in performing PST. Under his experienced care, you will see immediate cosmetic improvements and long-term health benefits of your gums and teeth.
Our team can reverse recession and restore the health of your gums with our gentle treatment options. To find out which treatment is right for you, request a consultation online or call our St. Augustine office at (904) 794-1824.