How Our Minimally Invasive Gum Recession Treatment Can Save Your Teeth

Ever since you were a kid, you made sure you brushed your teeth at least twice a day, flossed once a day, and saw your dentist twice a year. So why did your dentist tell you that you now have recessed gums that are putting you at risk for permanent tooth loss?

The American Dental Association estimates that almost 50% of adult women and men have the periodontitis, which is gum disease that can cause your gums to recess and expose your tooth roots. Even if you don’t have periodontitis and your gums are healthy, you can still develop recessed gums because of overly aggressive brushing.


Healthy teeth need healthy gums.

Whether your gums are recessed due to over-brushing or periodontitis, leaving your tooth roots exposed puts your teeth in danger. Without the protective gums, they’re more susceptible to tooth-destroying bacteria. Your gums also help hold your teeth in place.

If you have periodontitis, the dentists and periodontists at the Dental Center of Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia, first clear your infection so that it doesn’t spread to your teeth or other areas of your body. But if your gum tissue is otherwise healthy, yet has been eroded from toothbrushing, they recommend an immediate gum rejuvenation procedure to restore your gums and preserve your teeth.

Traditionally, gum rejuvenation was performed through an invasive, painful operation called gum grafting that requires a long recovery period. However, at the Dental Center of Tysons Corner, your specialist is one of the few dentists in the nation who’ve been certified to perform a revolutionary, minimally invasive gum rejuvenation procedure called the Chao Pinhole(R) Surgical Technique (PST).

Patented PST gum rejuvenation resolves recessed gums without:

The PST is so fast and easy that it’s been dubbed the Lunchtime Gum Lift™.


Traditional gum grafting = incisions, stitches, and pain

Traditional gum grafting surgery is an effective way to restore and regrow recessed gum tissue to protect your teeth, but it’s invasive, painful, and requires a long recovery period. If you opt for this type of gum rejuvenation, your dentist must first remove strips of gum tissue from the roof of your mouth, and then stitch up the wound.

Next, your dentist cuts a flap around the fronts of your teeth, where your gums have eroded. Your doctor slips in the gum graft, folds back the tissue flap over the graft, and stitches it all together.

Gum grafts take about two hours to perform and can only repair recessed gums over few teeth at a time. After your surgery, you have visible stitches and a lot of pain. You need about three weeks to fully recover and enjoy your healthy new gums.

PST = pin prick, collagen strips, and instant results

If you choose PST at Dental Center of Tysons Corner, your dentist uses a specially designed needle to create a hole in the soft, pliable, collagen-rich gum tissue above your affected teeth and recessed gums. He then inserts a patented tool that gently loosens the gum and detaches it from the underlying bone. He carefully and precisely pushes the soft gum tissue downward until it re-drapes and covers your exposed tooth roots.

Once the gum is in a healthier position, your dentist fills the pin hole with collagen strips that are pushed between the teeth to strengthen and stabilize the gum tissue in its lower, healthier position. The inserted collagen strips also stimulate a healing response that’s so powerful that your gums heal within 24 hours without stitches or any other intervention.

Your smile is ready to go.

Directly after your PST, your gums cover your tooth roots again. Your smile is instantly more attractive and pleasing. Your gums are once more able to protect your teeth so that you can keep them for life with proper care.

A PST can correct gum erosion on 10-14 teeth during one treatment. Each set of three teeth takes about 20 minutes.


If you want to learn more about how PST can restore and rejuvenate your gums and protect your teeth, contact the friendly Dental Center of Tysons Corner by phone or online form for a Pinhole Surgery Technique consultation.

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