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Fast and Effective Gum Recession Treatment
with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (also known as the Lunchtime Gum Lift) is an incision-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. Patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Best of all, results can be seen right away!

Dr. Sannar is one of the first dentists in Yuba City, CA to offer this revolutionary, minimally invasive treatment for gum recession.

A rejuvenated smile and no sensitive roots

Gum recession & exposed roots not only makes your smile appear older, it creates causes painful sensitivity to temperatures and sweets. Yuba City dentist, Dr. Sannar uses minimally invasive microsurgical techniques to perform breakthrough gum recession treatment and gum grafts.

A faster, more comfortable procedure

A small entry point is used with the Pinhole Technique, minimizing discomfort & speeding recovery.

While traditional gum grafting (soft tissue grafting), may still be necessary for some patients, Dr. Sannar recommends the use of this minimally invasive technique whenever possible.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique has the advantage that all teeth that have gum recession can be treated in a single session. Patients can also choose to treat just one arch or quadrant at a time. One session is normally one to two hours & uses local anesthetic. We've found that our patients have needed only a couple of Tylenol® after treatment.

How Pinhole Surgery works

The affected teeth are cleaned and prepared and the gum tissue is numbed with a local anesthetic. A small entry point is made in the gum above the tooth or teeth to be treated. Dr. Sannar uses a specialized dental instrument to free the outer layer of gum tissue and gently move it down to provide better coverage for the teeth.

Next, he uses a small angled instrument to pass several collagen strips through the entry point and place them under the gums. The collagen helps to stabilize the gums.

Dr. Sannar can correct up to 14 teeth at once in one to two hours. There is little to no post-operative discomfort.


Success Rate & Before / Afters

The success rate of the Pinhole Surgical Technique is similar to traditional gum grafting surgery. A 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ was published in the October 2012, issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study showed that it was as successful as traditional gum grafting procedures which require cutting and sutures, while patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and high satisfaction with a rapid transformation of the defective gum line.

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