Gum recession is a serious condition that, left untreated, could lead to tooth loss, it is characterized by the gingival tissue (gum tissue) pulling away from the teeth. Once this tissue pulls away, and the roots responsible for anchoring the teeth are exposed, the teeth begin to weaken and the roots are susceptible infection, and decay. Left untreated, tooth loss is probable. However, advancements in the periodontics industry have led to a new, minimally-invasive procedure for addressing a receding gum line, this revolutionary procedure is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™). The PST™ is performed without the need for cutting, stitching or grafting.
Gum recession can affect one, several or all your teeth. If you notice that the gum tissue surrounding the neck of a tooth is pulling away and its root is visible, you have gum recession.
There are numerous factors that could cause gum recession, for many patients, several factors added together lead to a receding gum line.
Once the root of the tooth is no longer protected by the gingival tissue, its rough surface becomes a magnet for dental plaque, which is a bacteria-filled biofilm that causes decay and disease. Since the roots of the teeth are soft, decay or erosion from acids can quickly destroy them.
The goal of the PST™ is to achieve root coverage and strengthen thin, fragile gum tissue. Using this revolutionary treatment, the unappealing cosmetic and functional effects of receding gingival tissue can be reversed. With the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, the receded gum tissue is gently moved to a healthier position on the patient’s teeth.
The PST™ is ideal for patients who have lost a minimal amount of bone; however, patients who have lost a substantial amount of bone will still need to have the traditional gum grafting procedure to address their receding gum line.