A Modern Alternative to Gum Grafting
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.
Gum Recession Is Common, But Problematic
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:
• Tooth sensitivity
• Longer-looking teeth
• Spacing between teeth
• Notches in the gum line
• Yellowed appearance of teeth
Causes of Gum Recession
• Aggressive brushing or flossing
• Misaligned teeth
• Tooth grinding or clenching
• Gum disease
• Oral trauma
• Poor oral health
A Fast, Minimally Invasive Technique with Beneficial Results
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™:
• Minimally invasive procedure
• No large incisions or sutures
• Multiple sites treated in a single visit
• Increased patient comfort
• Fast recovery time
• Minimal bleeding
• Immediate cosmetic results
Modern, Comfortable Care with Proven Techniques
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.