Dr. Grasso Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Chesterfield, MO
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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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 Michael F. Grasso, DDS
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Chesterfield, MO
Dr. Grasso maintains the highest levels of accreditation and pursues ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Dr. Grasso was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1958. He moved around quite a bit in his high school days. Besides Omaha, Nebraska and St. Louis, Missouri Dr. Grasso has lived in Kansas City, Minnesota, and Idaho. He attended dental school in Kansas City and became married to his wife, Cindy, during that time. They have been married for more than 25 years. Dr. Grasso and his wife have three daughters: Francine (26), Kristina (25), and Maria (22). Who have all graduated from college and attended Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis University and University of Missour-Columbia, respectively. They are all graduates of St. Joseph's Academy as well. Dr. Grasso and his family have been attending Church of the Ascension in Chesterfield for over ten years (you can most likely find him attending mass there bright and early on Sunday at seven o'clock in the morning).
Dr. Grasso fills most of his free time with family, tennis, and traveling. With years of coaching softball and volleyball and being on the go with the three daughters behind him, Dr. Grasso still likes to keep busy. The average days are filled with tennis matches, tennis practice, playing with his grandson (Mikey), and spending time with his wife,daughters, and son-in-law. When he gets a chance to get out of town he enjoys sneaking off to Cancun, Mexico with his wife. He also enjoys travelling to Florida, Arizona, California, and soon to be Houston,Texas (where his youngest daughter Maria is moving to participate in the Teach For America program). When its time to chill out, you can find him watching a tennis match, a Cardinals game, or an episode of Law & Order: SVU on television.
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