Pinhole Surgical Technique Columbia and Jefferson City MO

Dr. Gadbois Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Columbia and Jefferson City, MO

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 one of our office locations in Columbia and Jefferson City, MO.

Columbia: (573) 446-0880
Jefferson City: (573) 556-8500

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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 Anthony Gadbois, DDS

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist

Dr. Chao

There are several things that I witness daily that make me love my profession. I love providing a safe, comfortable experience for our patients, especially those with dental anxiety, so they can visit the dentist without fear. Relieving a patient of pain and knowing they'll live the rest of their life with improved health and well-being is also very fulfilling. Finally, I love giving someone a great smile by straightening their teeth, whitening them, or placing veneers. So many people go through life without smiling, and giving them their smile back is an unforgettable experience. As dentists, we aren’t just dealing with teeth; we change people's lives and that is a good feeling.

My career in dentistry began at the University of Tennessee in Memphis where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Since then, I have completed extensive continuing education classes in orthodontics and Invisalign® in addition to training through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry on smile design, veneers, and full mouth reconstruction. I have also received training on gingival grafting, bone grafting, and implants. The type of dentistry I am able to provide my patients is so different than that of even ten years ago. I love the fact that through continuing education, I am able to bring the latest in technology to my patients.

I was born in Iowa but moved to Columbia when I was three and I've been a proud resident of this community ever since. I have a wonderful wife, Mary, who practices with me as a dentist at this office. We met at Hickman High School and have been together ever since. We even went to the University of Missouri-Columbia and dental school together. We have five AMAZING children ranging in age from 4 to 18 years old, and enjoy many family activities including playing basketball, reading, cooking, and watching movies or TV.

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Columbia Dental Office

2012 Cherry Hill Drive
Rosewood Building, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65203

Jefferson City Dental Office

923 S Country Club Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109

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Columbia: (573) 446-0880
Jefferson City: (573) 556-8500

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