The Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™ is a procedure in which our dentist will use specialized instruments to make a small hole in your gum and add collagen material which stabilizes the area of gum recession. This new method is simple, suture-free and minimally invasive.

PST™ was developed and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. It has been featured in the International Journal of Periodontics, one of the most prestigious dentistry journals in the world.

While gum recession is usually viewed as one of the symptoms of gum disease, it can also be caused by insufficient tooth brushing, overly aggressive tooth brushing, poor tooth position, or from excessive biting force due to bruxism (habitual tooth grinding). Gum recession can even be caused by orthodontic treatments and appliances like braces or retainers.

The Pinhole Surgery Technique™ is minimally invasive and does not cut gum tissue, which may result in less postoperative swelling and discomfort. Gum recession was traditionally treated using a connective tissue graft, which “harvests” gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and then sutures it to the affected area. .

Benefits of PST™

Reduces the side effects of gum surgery (bleeding, swelling, gum pain)
Near-immediate cosmetic improvement
Incision and suture-free
Accelerated recovery
One visit can treat multiple areas of recession
If you have any concerns about possible gum recession, or are worried about the side effects of gum grafting, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to discuss the details and benefits of The Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™.

* Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®™ and PST®™ are registered trademarks of John Chao DDS MAGD, 2008