Pinhole Surgical Technique

Dr. Trinh Lee and Dr. Suzanna Lee Perform Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Mountain View, Ca

Gum recession breakthrough treatment also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation and Lunchtime Gum Lift

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Dr. Trinh Lee and Dr. Suzanna Lee

Mountain View Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Trinh Lee and Dr. Suzanna Lee

Our Doctors are FIRST and ONLY women dentist in NORTHERN CALIFORNIA to be granted ACCREDITATION status by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). They are DIPLOMATES of the American Board of Oral Implantologists (DABOI/ID) also Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). They are FELLOWS, MASTERS, of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a distinction held by less than 1% of all dentists, in addition they are the first women in Northern California to achieved the Life Long Service Recognition Award from the (AGD), only a total of 127 recipients have achieved this award in the USA. They are also FELLOWS AND DIPLOMATES of International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and FELLOWS for Sedation (DOCS) and certification for Invisalign. They were selected by their peer as Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors and San Jose Magazine as Silicon Valley Top Doctors. They were also nominated as "Best of the Bay" by KRON 4 for the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Santa Clara County and NBC "Top Doctors and Dentists" Doctors Improving Healthcare the Best in Bay Area Medicine. Having over 30 years' experience and more than 5000 hours of advance continuing educations combined, rest assured that you will receive dental care from the most talented, caring and competent dentists.

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