Winter Park Periodontics and Dental Implants
Carlos Pires, DMD, MSD
Call: (407) 647-4180

Chao PINHOLE Surgical Technique for Gum Recession



What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for gingival grafting. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free (in most cases).

All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Techniquewere created by Dr. John Chao, and who trained Dr. Carlos Pires.

How is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) performed?

During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gingival tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gingival tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gingiva to cover the exposed root structure.

While the traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

In most cases 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 (PST)?

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many, including:

• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment

• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting

• No need for uncomfortable sutures (in most cases)

• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools

• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate

• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results