One of the biggest consequences of letting gum disease go for too long is gum recession. As bacteria builds up in the gums, it can create pockets of infection that lead to the gums shrinking back and exposing more of the teeth, even down to the roots. This can lead to sensitive teeth and put you at risk for other issues. Luckily, your periodontist can help if you get in for regular visits. Even if your gums are already receding, Dr. Andrés R. Sánchez may be able to use the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, also known as PST™, to restore your gum health.
What Is the PST™ Process?
PST™ is a minimally invasive treatment option for receding gums. Dr. Sánchez uses a needle to create a pinhole-sized opening in the gums. With careful maneuvering using specialized instruments, Dr. Sánchez guides the gums back into their proper position, covering more of the exposed teeth. The gums are then allowed to heal in this restored position.
What Are the Benefits?
Because PST™ is minimally invasive, there is very little downtime after the procedure. There are no incisions, which means there are no sutures required. This procedure simply repositions the existing gums to restore the receded gum line, so there is no grafting or invasive surgical procedure involved. Patients experience less pain and recover faster, enabling them to get back to their normal lives and routines much sooner. For the best results, it is important that a trained periodontist be the one to perform the procedure.
Want To Learn More?
Every patient and situation is different, which is why it is important for you to consult with Dr. Sánchez to determine if PST™ is the best option for you. You may be able to prevent gum recession through regular visits to your periodontist and a good oral hygiene routine. Schedule your visit at PerioWest today by contacting our office.