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Pinhole Surgical Technique
Our own Dr. Chip Mercer is now certified to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Arlington, TX, which is a revolutionary receding gum treatment that does not require the use of scalpels, sutures or grafting! This breakthrough treatment in gum recession can be done quickly and efficiently right in the office. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®) is so named after its inventor John Chao, D.D.S.
Dr. Mercer uses a special needle to place a small hole in the tissue. This serves to loosen the area, at which point, he can guide specially designed instruments over the section of the tooth that is experiencing recession. With no incisions or sutures to worry about, patients experience a vast reduction in healing time and discomfort.
Dr. Mercer is happy to talk with you more about this technique or any concerns or questions you may have.
What is gum recession?
In a nutshell, this is when gum tissue fades away or gets pushed back down along the gumline, resulting from such conditions as gingivitis and periodontitis, aging, or aggressive teeth-brushing habits.
What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
This is a minimally-invasive approach for treating gum recession without the need for grafting, scalpels or sutures.
Why is gum recession something with which I should be concerned?
Exposure of the root structure of the tooth can occur, which means bacteria can more readily get underneath the gumline, leading to oral and even systemic infections.
What are the benefits of this technique?
- Faster recovery time
- Less pain and swelling after treatment
- No need to transplant tissue elsewhere to graft onto the gums
- Natural-looking results