Pinhole Surgical Technique Collierville

Dr. Blanton Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Collierville, 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 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 Alan O. Blanton, DDS, MS

Collierville Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist

Dr. Blanton Gum Recession Collierville

Dr. Blanton has practiced dentistry in Collierville for over 32 years. Upon graduation from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry in 1983, he opened his office with an emphasis on restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

In May of 2005 he received a Masters degree from the department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research in the College of Education at the University of Memphis. He has lectured nationally on various topics for dental professionals and dental students and continues to study and write on topics concerning the emotional and physical well-being of those involved in the healthcare professions. He also has lectured on Dental Sleep Medicine and the use of Oral Appliances to treat Sleep Apnea to medical professionals.

In his leisure time, his hobbies include; woodworking, home improvement projects, art, golf, playing the guitar, fly-tying and traveling with his wife.

He holds active memberships in many professional organizations including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Tennessee Dental Association
  • The Memphis Dental Society
  • The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • The Tennessee Sleep Society
  • The American Academy of Orofacial Pain
  • Academy for Sports Dentistry
Dr. Blanton is currently the only Board Certified Sleep Dentist in a 200 mile radius of the Memphis Area having received his certification from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) in 2014, the only recognized certification by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). He is currently on the Annual Meeting Committee of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and serves as the Course Chair for the AADSM’s Board Review Course. This course assists other qualified dentists in preparation for their certification Board Exam administered by the ABDSM.

He also is the team dentist for the St. George’s Independent School High School athletic teams and supplies custom mouthguards for all the athletes on the Varsity Football and Varsity boys and girls Lacrosse teams.

Currently he is undergoing to the process to have this office Certified as an Accredited Dental Sleep Medicine Facility by the AADSM. When completed, Mid-South Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center would be the first so accredited facility in the state of Tennessee.

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