Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ is a minimally invasive treatment for gum recession which requires no cutting, no sutures and virtually no downtime. “This is the best alternative to gum grafting I’ve seen,” says Dr. Postol.
Gum grafting requires cutting and stitches as seen on the left. The illustration on the right shows the gums immediately after Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation. The tiny pinhole disappears overnight. Click on the image to enlarge.
Online PR News – 10-December-2013 –St. Louis, MO - Dr. Kevin Postol is among the first 100 dentists and periodontists in the world to be trained in Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, a minimally invasive treatment for receding gums which requires no cutting, no stitches and no gum grafting surgery. The procedure, also known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ was invented by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao and is now available at Dr. Postol’s dental practice in Ballwin.
Receding gums can make anyone look older. Gum recession can cause tooth sensitivity and if left untreated may lead to eventual tooth loss. The condition can be caused by excessive tooth brushing, gum disease or by the normal aging process. “Many people are unaware of their receding gums until their teeth become sensitive to cold temperatures because of root exposure. Others may be concerned by the unsightly appearance of receding gums,” says Dr. Postol.
“The standard treatment for receding gums has been gum grafting surgery, an invasive procedure in which a section of gum tissue is cut out of the palate, then sewn on to the affected area,” says Dr. Postol. “Because of the pain and recovery time, dentists can usually treat only one or two teeth at a time, then wait for the patient to heal before treating additional teeth. For a patient with several recessions, the treatment process could take months or even years.”
Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ takes just a few minutes per tooth and most importantly multiple teeth may be treated at the same time, allowing patients to have healthy, normal-looking gums with a minimum of inconvenience.
The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ treatment process:
The area of gum recession is numbed with a local anesthetic and depending on the number of recessions to be treated, one or two small entry points about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen are made in the gum area near the tooth or teeth to be treated.
A small dental instrument designed by Dr. Chao is inserted into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and guide them back into a normal, healthy position. Then tiny collagen strips are placed through the entry point and positioned under the gums. The collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process. The treatment takes about 20 minutes to an hour or so, depending on the number of teeth treated. The entry site quickly heals and the pinhole 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.)
Dr. Kevin Postol’s practice is located in Ballwin. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit www.bestballwindentist.com or call 636-394-6044.
About Dr. Kevin Postol
Dr. Postol graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree after earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Creighton University. He served a residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and completed postgraduate hospital training in multiple areas of dental specialities.
Dr. Postol is committed to continuous learning in new dental developments and practices. He has taken extensive training in a variety of subjects, including techniques on implants, digital dentures, lasers in dentistry and relaxation dentistry for those patients who have fear of the dentist. Most recently, Dr. Postol received his Diplomate from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine for the treatment of sleep apnea, especially for those patients who are CPAP intolerant. Dr. Postol is one of only two Diplomates in the state of Missouri and one of less than 200 Diplomates in all.
Dr. Postol is a respected member of the dental community belonging to the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. He has spoken on endodontics locally, as well as sleep apnea at the local and national level.