Correcting Recessed Gums with the Pinhole® Surgical Technique

Gum loss is an issue that may not strike patients as an immediate concern; however, untreated gum recession—which refers to the gradual decline of gum tissue from the base of the teeth—can present many complications for your oral health and appearance. Your gums protect the tooth roots from bacteria buildup and decay, leaving the nerves and dental pulp vulnerable to plaque and periodontal disease when the gumline recedes. Traditionally, gum recession could only be treated with soft tissue grafts during oral surgery, often leading to discomfort, bleeding, and a recovery period. However, Dr. Jeff Blackburn offers a groundbreaking, minimally invasive technique in correcting gum recession that can restore healthy gum alignment while requiring no sutures or cutting, as well as little to no downtime. 

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) was developed to lengthen recessed gums without the need for a surgical graft, vastly enhancing patient comfort and minimizing recovery after treatment. As one of the only dentists in the Richmond area certified in the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, Dr. Blackburn is thrilled to offer patients this knife-free approach to gum restoration that improves upon traditional, more invasive treatments. During this gum rejuvenation treatment, a tiny pinhole is made in the recessed gum tissue, through which tiny surgical instruments invented by Dr. John Chao himself can lift, expand, and lengthen the gum tissue to cover the exposed tooth root. These small alterations to the gums can have a monumentally positive impact on your oral health, often saving patients from more complex structural damage, tooth sensitivity, and potential tooth loss. Having personally trained with Dr. Chao in Los Angeles, Dr. Blackburn is extensively experienced and uniquely qualified to perform the Pinhole® Surgical Technique. 

The cutting-edge Pinhole® Surgical Technique can be a highly effective method of restoring an attractive smile in addition to your gum health. Don’t hesitate to contact our practice if you have questions about PST or if you are ready to book a consultation with Dr. Blackburn.

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