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Ephrata Uses the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®

Soft tissue recession is one of the most detrimental side effects of gum disease. As the gums pull back, teeth appear longer, the alignment of the bite can shift, and the exposed root structure may be sensitive leading to toothache pain. Traditionally, to correct gum tissue recession, we would wait for the tissue to grow back on its own once we restored oral health, or we might place tissue grafts in severe cases. Tissue grafts require us to harvest soft tissue from another location and stitch it in place attached to recessed tissue. This complex procedure can have a number adverse health effects. That’s where the innovative Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (CPST) comes in. Rather than wait months or years for healthy tissue to regrow or undergo advanced surgical grafting, patients receive treatment that can be completed in as little as half an hour, and they make a full recovery in less than a day.

Soft tissue recession is one of the most detrimental side effects of gum disease.

Ephrata Family Dentistry’s Dr. Sean Moriarty was the first dentist in Lancaster County to be certified to perform CPST. The procedure is completed without the use of scalpels or stitches. A needle is used to make a number of tiny holes in the gum tissue, and then the specialized pinhole instrument gently loosens the gums, allowing the dentist to stretch the tissue to cover an adequate amount of tooth structure for a natural, healthy appearance. Contact our dedicated team to schedule your Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique consultation today.