6 Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 47% of American adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease, and the rate increases to 70% for people over 65. While certainly many have mild cases, others could risk tissue damage and tooth loss without treatment.

When periodontal disease gets serious, your gums can pull away from the roots of your teeth. Gum recession traditionally required tissue grafting to restore oral health after periodontal surgery.

Dr. Kerry M. Bloom of Houston offers a new take on gum treatments called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Using no scalpels or stitches, Dr. Bloom fixes the receding gum issue that plagues people with advanced periodontal disease.

The problem: pockets in the gums

Starches and sugars from food combine with bacteria in your mouth to form a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque hardens into tartar, and you can’t simply brush or floss this away. Tartar needs attention from Dr. Bloom or one of his team, using special instruments.

When you skip regular dental checkups, plaque and tartar begin to irritate gum tissue at the gumline. Pockets can form between teeth and gums, providing ideal havens for further bacterial growth. It’s these bacteria that attack gum and bone tissue, as well as straining your immune system, which must constantly combat inflammation. Receding gum tissue exposes too much tooth surface.

Traditional approaches to treat gum disease

Severe periodontal disease typically requires pocket reduction surgery, a procedure in which your gums are cut and pulled back, permitting deeper, more effective cleaning and root scaling. Receding gums require grafting with donor tissue from the palate placed to restore a natural, healthy gumline. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique offers a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafts without cutting, after the repair of gum pockets.

The Chao difference

The Chao Pinhole approach mirrors minimally invasive procedures used for other types of surgery. Specially designed instruments work through pinholes made in your gums, rather than cutting to harvest grafts. The pinhole requires no stitches since there’s no graft to hold in place.

Instead, the pinhole gives Dr. Bloom access to the inside of the gum tissue, through which he can then shift tissue to re-establish normal gum coverage. The pinhole heals in about 24 hours, so there are few problems typical of conventional procedures, such as bleeding and wound protection. The two or three weeks of recovery needed for conventional grafting disappear with the Chao pinhole technique.

The Chao Pinhole technique is safe and permanent, with minimal downtime. It’s the last step to restore your smile after advanced periodontal disease. To learn more about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, contact Dr. Kerry M. Bloom at his Houston practice. You can schedule your appointment by calling 713-581-8033.  

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