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Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line.
This can occur as a result of bacteria (periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis), the natural ageing process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth. When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. Unpleasant appearance (long teeth), as well as tooth sensitivity, are commonly associated with gum recessions.
Root exposure means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gum line and beneath it. People with gum recessions have an increased risk of developing further gum recession and being ineffective in oral hygiene which contributes to further tissue loss and development of gum inflammation.
Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) or Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting procedures, PST is a scalpel-free, suture-free and graft-free procedure created by Dr John Chao in California, USA. While traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the innovative Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
During the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a small 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 gum line to cover the exposed root structure. There are no gum grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed which minimises any side effects including pain, swelling, and bleeding.
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