Dr. Cook Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Alcoa, TN
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 Alcoa 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. Greg Cook
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Alcoa, TN
Dr. Cook began his education at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN, receiving an award in Chemistry. He went on to graduate from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry in 1993. At graduation he received The American College of Prosthodontics Undergraduate Award. Additionally, Dr. Cook served our country in the United States Armed Forces for over 23 years.
Each year Dr. Cook achieves over 100 hours of continuing education courses. As a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Orthodontics Society, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he aims to offer superior dentistry to each of his patients. Most recently, Dr. Cook became certified in the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Serving Alcoa, Maryville, Knoxville and all surrounding areas, Dr. Cook aspires to provide each patient with courtesy, care, compassion, and the utmost comprehensive dentistry available.
Dr. Cook is married to his beautiful wife Jessica Denise Cook. They have two lovely daughters, Jessica Leigh Cook and Riley Jane Cook. Dr. Cook’s hobbies include hiking, hunting, fishing, farming and Tai Chi.
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