Pinhole Surgical Technique Elkhart Indiana

Dr. Snyder Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Elkhart, Indiana

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 Douglas J. Snyder, DDS

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Elkhart, IN

Dr. Snyder Elkhart Dentist

Dr. Snyder has over 30 years of experience as a family dentist. After graduating from Goshen High School and College, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the IU School of Dentistry in Indianapolis in 1985.

His postgraduate education has included a wide range of dental care techniques, which allow him to emphasize gentle dentistry and modern care to his patients. Each year, Dr. Snyder completes about 50 hours of continuing education. Recently, he completed an extensive program on dental lasers that lasted for several days. He is also trained in Same Day Dentistry, FastBraces and Dental Implants.

His Professional Affiliations Include:

  • American Dental Association
  • Indiana Dental Association
  • Northwest Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Better Business Bureau

Each year, Dr. Snyder works with Dentistry From the Heart - a program that provides free dental treatment for underprivileged people throughout the Elkhart community. He also works to provide supplies to the local women's shelter and area schools.

In his spare time, Dr. Snyder enjoys working around his home, playing golf, attending football games and riding his motorcycle. You may even see it parked at the office!

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