What is PST®?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique PST® is a procedure in which Dr. Goettisheim uses specialized instruments to make a small hole in your gum and adds collagen material which stabilizes the area of gum recession. This new method is simple, suture-free and minimally invasive.

PST® was developed and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. It has been featured in the International Journal of Periodontics, one of the most prestigious dentistry journals in the world.

Why Do We Get Gum Recession?

While gum recession is usually viewed as one of the symptoms of gum disease, it can also be caused by insufficient tooth brushing, overly aggressive tooth brushing, or from certain medications that can affect gum health. Gum recession can even be caused by orthodontic treatments and appliances like braces or retainers.

Why choose PST®?

Unlike gum grafting, The Pinhole Surgery Technique® is minimally invasive and does not utilize the patient’s own gum tissue, making it a much less painful option.  Gum recession was traditionally treated using a connective tissue graft, which “harvests” gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and then sutures it to the affected area.  Other methods, such as using donor tissues, may increase the patient’s post operative discomfort.

Benefits of PST®

  • Non-invasive
  • Reduces the side effects of gum surgery (bleeding, swelling, gum pain)
  • Near-immediate cosmetic improvement
  • Accelerated recovery
  • One visit can treat multiple areas of recession

If you have any concerns about possible gum recession, or are worried about the side effects of gum grafting, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to discuss the details and benefits of The Pinhole Surgical Technique PST®.

* Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® and PST® are registered trademarks of John Chao D.D.S, M.A.G.D., 2008