Root coverage Update

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In a previous post I informed you about a new procedure that was called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Procedure.  I wanted to provide an update on clinical success here in our office with the procedure and provide some photo’s of treatment success.

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The procedure is more successful and less pain for you than the other gum grafting procedures that I used to preform and for that reason I have stopped using the previous methods on my patients.  I am getting similar results that Dr. Chao has been reporting for the last 12 years of his research and treatment and that is why I believe this is the future of all gum grafting procedures!

There are some patients that have a genetic disposition to recession that re-occurs during their lifetime and the previous forms of surgery are more painful to repeat over and over again during your lifetime.  The Chao Pinhole technique doesn’t involve any cutting with a scalpel, no harvesting gum tissue from the roof of your mouth, no stitches and the majority of patients only use Ibuprofen and Tylenol mixed (we always send you with a little stronger prescription if you need it.)



Advanced Procedure to Cover Root Recession

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No More Sensitive Teeth Due to Exposed Root Surfaces.

Recession of the gums that exposes root surfaces has always been a problem for many patients.  It shows up in your mouth as a tooth that is sensitive to cold or air.  It can be a minor irritation to full blown pain that doesn’t go away.  Exposed root surfaces can also be more succeptable to decay because the root surface is softer than enamel and you can go through the cavity prone years all over again if left untreated, which I have seen over the years of practicing.  When you come in for your regular checkup the hygienist will look for changes in your gum height and let you know if you are starting to have recession.  To this point in Dr. Platt’s career he was trained in dental school to perform a surgery to transplant gum tissue from another place in your mouth where it is harvested and to the recession area.  That surgery was and is still being used by many dentists in the world and is one of the most painful surgeries he used to preform!  The result was good but the price patients had to pay for the procedure in pain was difficult to justify.  There have been many other techniques that have been developed over the past couple of decades that were less invasive to the patient and maintained the same good result and were less painful to you.

There has been an advancement in the technique that began to be taught to the dental population about 2 years ago called the Chao Pinhole Technique.  I began looking into the technique and quickly found that it was similar to a “laparoscopic” surgery rather than cut a body open surgery.  I started looking into the results long-term (the procedure has been around for 12 years) and found them to be equal to the other more invasive procedures in covering exposed, sensitive root surfaces.  I also found the procedure to be way less painful to the patient, 99% of patients only need tylenol or ibuprofen or a combination of the two for pain!  Huge advancement for you!  I quickly began training for the technique and finished the certification process about a year ago.  The results in the office have been stellar to say the least, and equal to what the original doctor achieved with his technique and abilities.  We have been able to preform around a hundred such surgeries to cover recession of teeth and help stop the sensitivity, progression of root decay and give back a youthful smile line again to patients.  If I personally had recession that needed to be treated this technique would be the only one that I would consider for myself or my family of patients!  The cost is actually no more than the other more invasive, more painful surgery techniques that have been done in the past.

If you want more information please google Chao Pinhole Technique (the inventor of the procedure) or come in to see photos of our surgeries and ask questions.

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Receding Gum Treatment with No Scalpels or Grafting – Pinhole Surgical Technique

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Can it be possible to have receding gums treated with no scalpels or cutting, no harvesting gum from your own mouth, no using gum tissue from another person, no stitches, no prescription pain medications to hide the massive pain of the surgery, no unsightly gum color after the surgery heals?

Well, welcome to the new day and age of non-invasive gum treatments for receding gums or exposed root surfaces not covered by natural gum tissue.  Ten years ago a new technique was beginning to be developed by general dentist John Chao, currently patented as the “Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique”, it is also referred to as the “lunchtime gum lift”.  The technique has been preformed by Dr. Chao for the past ten years and he has begun teaching the technique to dentists around the world.  Currently less than 600 dentists have been trained in this non-invasive, almost lapro-scopic technique to get the gum tissue to cover exposed root surfaces.

The benefit to the patient is that the dentist doesn’t have to take gum tissue from the patients mouth, causing two surgical painful areas.  It is also beneficial in that it stimulates your gums to naturally grow tissue to cover the exposed root surface for a long term success.  The procedure takes less time than the previous barbaric treatment forms that I learned to preform in dental school and have been preforming for the past 2 decades; but no more!  This will revolutionize dental surgery techniques to cover exposed roots that are sensitive to cold and air, susceptible to decay and the unsightly “long tooth” look that comes with age and for some of us genetic inheritance from our ancestors.

Again, welcome to the dawn of a new day and age of dentistry in Colorado Springs when we bury the scalpel and stitches of yesterday.



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