Dr. Stephen B. Towns Performs the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Indianapolis, IN
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 office.
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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 Dr. Stephen B. Towns
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Periodontist Indianapolis, IN
Dr. Stephen Towns is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Dentistry, where he also received his certificate in Periodontics. He was an assistant clinical professor of periodontics at both the University of Illinois and Meharry Medical College. Dr. Towns has been a very active participant in organized dentistry, on the local, state and national levels. He is past president of the National Dental Association and has been a member of the Illinois State Board of Dentistry, Central Regional Dental Testing Service and Northeast Regional Board. He currently serves on the global diversity committee of the American Academy of Periodontics. He has participated in numerous continuing education programs including the closed circuit television program and featured speaker for the Chicago Dental Society, the Yankee Dental meeting, the Greater New York Dental meeting and the National Dental Association annual meeting as well as for local and district study clubs. In 2005, Dr Towns started Sonar Study Club, an affiliate of Seattle Study Club, known for cultivating excellence in comprehensive dentistry. He serves on the board of the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis District Dental Society and is a past president of the Historic Meridian Park Neighborhood Association. He is also currently an assistant clinical professor at Indiana University School of Dentistry and in 2010, he received the Outstanding Teaching & Mentoring in Periodontics Award from the American Academy of Periodontology. For several years running, Dr. Towns has been selected as one of Indianapolis Magazine‘s Top Dentists in the area. Dr Towns is a food enthusiast with culinary skills from the CIA in New York and the Greenbrier Barbeque University!