Stop “Watching” Gum Recession!

May 9, 2017

Please stop me if you’ve seen this story unfold before.  Your patient comes in for a cleaning and exam.  Their teeth are sensitive, so your hygienist

gum recession

Don’t “Watch” This

takes special care to avoid the exposed root around #’s 19 and 20. Recession.

Last year, you prescribed fluoride trays to help relieve the sensitivity.  You don’t know if they are using the trays, however, because you can’t recall the last time you authorized a refill on the gel.

The exposed root causes the patient to jump out of the chair at the slightest contact with room temperature irrigation water or (gasp!) the scaler.  You come in for your exam and note gum recession, which has deepened by .5mm since last year.  There’s no active periodontal disease or infection, the recession seems to be caused by parafunctional habits. You consider prescribing a nightguard.

“Let’s keep watching this area on the lower left here.  You have a little bit of gum recession going on there.  That’s why those teeth are so sensitive”. 

The Gum Recession is Not Going to Improve- It’s Going to Get Worse

“Let’s keep watching this area on the lower left here.  You have a little bit of gum recession going on there.  That’s why those teeth are so sensitive”.  You’ve been watching the recession for 2 years, but the gum tissue is never going to grow back. Your hygienist, kind as she is, laments having to be so careful around those teeth, which could really use some scaling, but your poor patient deals with pain and sensitivity on a daily basis.

Why do you continue to “watch” this area?  Would you “watch” the area if it was a small occlusal decay?

50% of Your Patients Will Develop Some Form of Gum Disease

It’s no exaggeration that about half of all your patients have or will have some form of gum disease, and that figure jumps to 70% for patients over age 65.  Are you “watching” gum recession in 50% of your patients, waiting for it to progress to a serious problem?  What about 25% of your patients?

Early intervention is the key to preventing tooth loss from recession.  As time marches on, the alveolar bone continues to deteriorate, bringing the gum tissue down with it.  Not only can correction of recession provide an aesthetic improvement, but it can also prevent further bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

Combined with correcting the cause of the recession, state of the art techniques, such as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique are minimally invasive with no downtime. This treatment provides dramatic results that can help your patients keep their natural teeth longer, relieve sensitivity from exposed root surface, and improve appearance.  For more advanced bone loss, grafting and regeneration of alveolar tissues may help reverse the damaging effects.

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

pinhole technique, gum recession

Pinhole Technique Corrects Gum Recession Without Down Time

Treating recession before it becomes a serious problem is key to maintaining strong, healthy teeth for a lifetime.  Give Dr. Q a call, and let’s schedule a Lunch & Learn to provide you and your team with important tools to help do the right thing for more patients with recession.

Pinhole ® Surgical Technique in DFW Corrects Gum Recession Instantly

February 16, 2017


gum recession before pinhole

Gum Recession, Before Pinhole

   A Breakthrough Treatment for Gum Recession

Now available in Your DFW Dental Practice: Offer Your Patients the Pinhole Surgical Technique 
Scalpel-Free, Suture-Free, Conventional Graft- Free

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. The Pinhole Surgical Technique can repair gum recession instantly.

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 the Chao Pinhole ® Surgical Technique (PST)?

The Chao Pinhole ® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST
is incision and suture free.  All of the tools and techniques used to perform the PST were created by Dr. John Chao.  VIPS Periodontist, Dr. Nauman Quamar, was trained personally by Dr. Chao in this revolutionary technique.

pst case comparison

Correcting Gum Recession With Pinhole Surgical Technique

How Does PST Differ From Traditional 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 PST.
Conventional Gum Grafting without Pinhole

Conventional Gum Grafting

How is PST performed?

During the PST procedure, 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 Pinhole Surgical Technique.  It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.

What are the benefits of PST?

The benefits of the Pinhole procedure 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 patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting result
For more information about this minimally invasive periodontal procedure, or to find out how you can offer this treatment to your patients on an in-house basis, right in your own dental practice, please contact Dr. Nauman Quamar and VIPS Perio.
Certified Pinhole Provider

Certified Pinhole Provider

Dr. Quamar is a certified provider of the PST procedure