Dr. Chu and Dr. Sun Perform Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Mountain View, CA
Gum recession breakthrough treatment also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation and Lunchtime Gum Lift
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession.
This procedure is performed by making a small hole with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.
To learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique, please contact our Mountain View office.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is gum recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
What is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is scalpel and suture free.
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao.
How does Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
How is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique performed?
During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient's existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.
What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:
- Less Discomfort for the patient after treatment.
- Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting.
- No need for uncomfortable sutures.
- No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools.
- No need to take donor tissue from the patients palate.
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results.
Meet Our Doctors
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentists Mountain View
Meet Eric Chu, DDS, MS
Dr. Eric Chu is a board certified periodontist and a Bay Area native - attending Mills High School in Millbrae. Dr. Chu has been practicing in Mountain View since 2001 and is certified to deliver conscious sedation. He is an alumni of U.C. Berkeley receiving degrees in Biology and Economics. Dr. Chu attended dental school at U.C.L.A. and received his Periodontal Certificate and Masters Degree from UCSF. Dr. Chu is a former President of the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society and a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Santa Clara Dental Society and California Society of Periodontists.
Eric and his wife Liza have 3 young children. An avid sports fan, Dr. Chu loves his 49ers and San Francisco Giants.
Meet Stanley Sun, DDS
Dr. Stanley Sun received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at New York University (NYU). He then participated in a general residency during which he was certified in the administration of intravenous conscious sedation and two years of advanced training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Sun then attended Rutgers University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey ad became board certified in periodontics.
Dr. Sun has lectured at the Northeast Implant Symposium, postgraduate residency programs at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in San Francisco as well as Palo Alto. He served as the Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU and as attending at the VAMC Palo Alto. He currently teaches at the UCSF School of Dentistry and is a member of multiple professional dental societies including ADA, AAP, and ABP.
Dr. Sun is experience with LANAP, Pinhole Gum Grafting, and Wilckodontics.
An avid sports fan, he enjoys football and basketball. He loves staying active, especially outdoors, whether he's swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Always willing to try something new, he's recently started surfing and paddle boarding, and is starting to make the rounds on the golf links, too.
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