Dr. Soutas Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Springville, Utah
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 Dr. M. Kelly Soutas
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Springville Utah
Dr. M. Kelly Soutas received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1999 after completing his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. Dr. Soutas has a true passion for dentistry and is always looking to expand his knowledge through hundreds of hours of continuous education. He prides himself on staying on the cutting of edge of technology so that he can better serve his patients, striving to provide the highest quality dental care in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. He is known for his shots that don't hurt as well as his caring attitude about his patients!
Though Dr. Soutas loves all areas of dentistry, his passion is to create beautiful white smiles surrounded by pink healthy gums. He does this through many disciplines, including cosmetic, reconstructive and implant and laser dentistry. Perfection is what drives him!
Dr. Soutas is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Utah Dental Association, the Provo District Dental Society, the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Dr. Dick Barnes Group.
A native of Utah, Dr. Soutas grew up in the Sandy Utah Area and currently lives in the Orem area. Dr. Soutas and his wife Beverly have six wonderful children. When not serving his patients at the office, Dr. Soutas enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving, road-biking, running and going to the gym. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys fly-fishing and all the outdoor recreational activities that Utah has to offer.
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