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Pinhole Technique

Understanding the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all American adults suffer from gum disease. Yet despite these alarming statistics, not nearly enough of those dealing with this disease seek treatment for it. Many may feel as though some minor oral discomfort is something that they can deal with as long as it doesn’t cause them chronic pain or cause changes to their appearance. Unfortunately, gum recession can do both.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession ranks among the more common forms of gum disease. We all experience it to a degree as we age, yet accelerated recession is a problem that should not be ignored. A number of factors can contribute to this condition, including:

some people may be more susceptible to gum disease and gum recession. Actually, Recent research seems to indicate as much as 30 percent of today’s population may be genetically predisposed to gum recession.
Contributory factors such as history of Orthodontic treatment (braces) , and tooth clinching & grinding (bruxism) are the common ones.

Improper oral care:
It’s been shown brushing your teeth too hard can wear away at the outer enamel of your teeth which can lead to gum recession, as well as enamel erosion at gum line. At the same time, inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup which also can cause your gums to recede.

Hormonal imbalances:
Women may be particularly susceptible to gum disease given that researchers have linked an increase in its occurrence during the periods of hormonal fluctuation that accompany puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.

At first, you not may notice any physical signs of gum recession. Yet after a while, it may appear as though your teeth are getting longer or larger. That’s because the gum line is slowly starting to slink away, leaving the roots of your teeth exposed. This, in turn, increases the risk of bacteria infiltration, which can ultimately result in severe tooth decay or eventual root canal treatment need , or even tooth loss. On top of that, as your gums recede, so too does your jawbone. This could severely limit your treatment options if you go on to experience tooth loss.
Why PST Succeeds Where Other Methods Fall Short
For years, the only effective way for periodontists like Dr. Markzar to effectively treat gum recession was through a surgical flap gum graft. This can be a more invasive procedure with an increased possibility of experiencing post-operative complications. However, today we can offer you treatment using the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, or PST.

The PST works as follows:
• The treatment area is numbed, after which an entry point no larger than a pin is made in your tissue.
• Small surgical instruments are inserted through the entry point and used to loosen the gum disease and then stretch it back into place.
• Once that’s completed, collagen strips are inserted to assist with the healing process.

Because this is a scalpel- and suture-free procedure, you typically experience very little post-operative pain and discomfort.

So, Why continue to try and deal with the effects of your gum recession when proven treatment options are readily available to you?
As the premier and Certified Beverly Hills Pinhole Technique provider, Dr. Markzar can effectively reverse the effects of years of gum recession in as little as one visit. To find out how, call our office today to schedule a consultation appointment, and see if you can be a good candidate for such a comfortable procedure.

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