The Pinhole Surgery Technique

Below we will inform you of the pinhole surgery technique used by Dr. Lavrisa in our Geneva IL Dental office. Did you know that the pinhole surgery needs no grafts, no sutures and no incisions. Read more about the pinhole surgery technique below.

What is gum recession?

When there in loss of gum tissue along the gum line this is referred to as gum recession or gingival recession. It occurs as a result of gum disease or periodontal disease(gingivitis, or periodontitis), the natural aging process or damaging brushing habits.

Should you take gingival recession seriously?

Absolutely you should take gum recession seriously because when it occurs, the root of the tooth becomes exposed. This allows tooth decay and other problems to affect the teeth along the gum line and even underneath it. You have to have healthy gums to have a healthy mouth.

What is the 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 procedure were created by Dr. John  Chao.  Geneva, IL dentist Dr. Stephen Lavrisa is certified to perform Dr. Chao’s breakthrough procedure.

How does the PST™ differ from traditional grafting?

In traditional grafting gingival recession surgery involves the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts from the patients own roof of their mouth. The tissue is then sutured into place and eventually heals to join the surrounding tissue.

Traditional grafting is effective with comparable final results to PST™ but a much more comfortable patient experience can be obtained with Chao Pinhole® Surgery.

How is Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique performed?

Dr. Stephen Lavrisa, Top Dentist 2018 and 2019,  will use a needle to create a small hole in the patient’s gum line.  Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue.  These tools help expand and slide the gum line to cover the exposed tooth root surface.

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 PST™?

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:

  • Less discomfort for the patient following the surgery
  • Faster recovery time
  • Sutures are not needed
  • Scalpels are not used
  • No need for donor tissue or from the patient’s palate
  • Excellent, natural-looking, long lasting results

    Dr. Stephen Lavrisa Pinhole Surgical Technique same day results



Additional case photo’s courtesy of Dr. Chao


Call All About You Dental Care in Geneva, Illinois to schedule your complimentary Pinhole Surgical Technique consultation today (630) 262-9696. A certified Chicago area Pinhole surgeon.