Harry M. Suekert, DDS Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in East Ridge, Tennessee
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 Harry M. Suekert, DDS
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist East Ridge, TN
I consider it a privilege and an honor to serve the community through the art and science of modern dentistry. Creating and restoring beautiful smiles while improving our patients health and quality of life.
In order to become a dentist, I attained the following educational certificates:
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Atlantic Union College
- Doctor of Dental Surgery, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.
In my continuing education, I have focused on patient comfort and pain management. I concentrate on what can be done to make my patients more comfortable during and after dental care.
Through the use of laser technology, we have been able to reduce healing time, decrease painful symptoms and decrease treatment time. We use lasers regularly for the treatment of cavities, gum disease, even relieving painful symptoms encountered from cold sores and fever blisters.
Another method we now use for treatment comfort is sedation dentistry. This method incorporates the use of oral sedatives sometimes combined with nitrous oxide to create a relaxing and comfortable dental experience.
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The best part of my profession is the opportunity to help people. I enjoy the opportunity to work with great people and creating beautiful, healthy smiles. I enjoy getting to know our patients on an individual basis, helping them achieve the smile they have always wanted while customizing a treatment plan to fit their dental and budget needs.
My team and I try to make dentistry fun and we take pride in patient comfort. Most of our team members have been in dentistry for many years and all are dedicated to patient satisfaction.
I grew up in Lancaster, MA, and love living in the Chattanooga area with my family. My wife, Kim, and I have been married since 1989. Our daughter, Michelle, was born in 1994, and our son, Andrew, was born in 1995. Spending time with my family is my favorite activity, whether we're working on projects together or just hiking or biking around the area. I also love photography and music.
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