A new minimally invasive treatment eliminates the surgery and recovery time required by gum grafting, says Dr. Nick Bauman.
Receding gums before and 1 hour after treatment with the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ - Courtesy of John Chao, DDS
Online PR News – 30-August-2013 –Louisville periodontist Dr. Nick Bauman has completed specialized training in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, a minimally invasive procedure which offers an alternative to traditional gum grafting. It requires no cutting, no sutures and virtually no downtime.
Invented and patented by California dentist Dr. John Chao, the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ has been featured in numerous television news stories, newspaper articles, and a prominent scientific journal. With more dentists and periodontists scheduled to attend PST training courses, the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ will soon be available to patients across the country, according to Dr. Chao.
“Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ takes just takes just a short time per tooth and multiple teeth may be treated at the same time,” says Dr. Bauman, who has been in practice over 23 years.
The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ Process:
The area of gum recession is numbed with a local anesthetic and a small entry point, about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen is made in the gum area near the tooth or teeth to be treated.
A small dental instrument designed for the procedure is inserted into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and move them back into a normal, healthy position. Dr. Bauman will then place tiny collagen strips through the entry point under the gums. The collagen helps keep the tissue in place as the body heals the gum tissue into its new position. The treatment takes about 20 minutes to an hour or so, depending on the number of teeth treated. The entry site quickly heals and is virtually undetectable the next day, with no downtime needed for healing. Some patients may experience mild swelling which dissipates in a few days.
A 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ was published in the October, 2012, issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study were as successful as traditional gum grafting procedures which require cutting and sutures, while patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and high satisfaction with a rapid transformation of the defective gum line. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32: 521-531.)
For more information on the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ for gum recession, contact the office of Nick Bauman, D.M.D., P. S. C. at 502-244-7822.
Dr. Nick Bauman is a periodontist in Louisville, KY. who has been in practice for over 23 years.