CHAO PINHOLE® SURGICAL TECHNIQUE
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 the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free.
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao, and who trained our doctor.
How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) 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 (PST) 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 (PST)?
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 patient’s palate
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
We provide the highest quality dental care for our guests by asking numerous questions about their lifestyle, daily regimes, and habits to aid us in attaining optimal health for them. Individualized care is paramount.
“Our approach to dentistry is to focus on your total health.”
Establishing overall health is vital before restoring your beautiful smile. A solid foundation is key to ensuring long lasting quality dentistry.
Our hygiene therapy program is designed to provide you with preventative dental care that is essential for maintaining healthy, attractive teeth. These preventative measures, if followed, will help you maintain a state of optimal dental health.
To maintain long-term dental health, we recommend regularly scheduled cleaning and exams. Occasionally, diagnostic x-rays will be taken as a necessary part of your individual care. You can save money on your hygiene visits by joining the Short Notice Club.
Neuromuscular dentistry is the art and science of using the relaxed position of the muscles of the head and neck to place the jaw into an optimal physiological position.
Many people do not realize that muscles play an important role in dentistry.
Neuromuscular dentistry evaluates and treats your overall oral health considering how your muscles, teeth and joints work together.
When a person’s muscles, teeth and joints are not working together properly, they can experience headaches, facial pain, ringing in the ears, shoulder pain, neck and back pain, numbness in the arms and fingers, and other unpleasant symptoms.
Thirty years of research and clinical experience has shown a neuromuscular dentistry to be effective in treating patients with these symptoms.
ORAL CANCER DETECTION
A person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day.
Oral Cancer Foundation Utilizating immunofluorescence technology allows improved visualization of the oral tissues to allow earlier detection of oral lesions.
The procedure involves a special light apparatus to visualize the tissues and takes only minutes. The images captured can be stored in your chart for comparison to future readings. As early detection is the key, we recommend starting annual oral cancer scans soon.
IV Conscious Sedation
While IV sedation can be used for general anesthesia (to induce a state of unconsciousness), it can also be used for conscious sedation. This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness, also known as a “twilight” state, which is a groggy state of mind and a relaxed body.
This form of sedation minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the dentist. While you are under the effects of the drug, the dentist can perform your dental work, and you will remain comfortable. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.
After your procedure(s), you will need a ride home from the dental office. The following day, the sedative will clear the body so that you can resume daily activities.
Is snoring keeping you awake?
Did you Know:
- 24% of men and 18% of women suffer from snoring
- 60% of men and 40% of women over the age of 60 snore (female snoring increases after menopause)
- Loudness of snoring may reach as high as 90db (85db is considered hazardous noise by The Workers’ Compensation Board!)
- Stanford University sleep researchers found that 75-80% of the patients they see are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.
- A CAA official stated that as much as 50,000 auto accidents happen in Canada as a result of sleepy drivers. Many of which suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
With Obstructive Sleep Apnea, muscles of the soft palate at the base of the tongue and the uvula (the small conical, fleshy tissue hanging from the palate) relax and sag, obstructing the airway, making breathing laboured and noisy snorting). Collapse of the airway walls blocks breathing entirely. When breathing periodically stops, a listener hears the snoring broken by pauses. As pressure to breath builds muscles of the diaphragm work harder. Sleep is then temporarily interrupted, sometimes only for seconds. This, in turn, activates throat muscles and “uncorks” the airway.
The effort is akin to slurping a drink through a straw that is stuck in a lump of ice cream. A listener hears deep gasping as breathing starts. With each gasp, the sleeper awakens, but so briefly and incompletely that he or she does not remember doing so in the morning. Someone with obstructive sleep apnea may stop breathing for ten seconds or more…dozens, even hundreds of times each night, thus resulting in daytime sleepiness.
Symptoms Of OSA
There are many symptoms that could indicate obstructive sleep apnea. These symptoms listed here are only a partial representation and should not be the only criteria used to diagnose OSA:
- Clouded intellect
- Short term memory impairment
- Morning headaches
- Generalized muscle pain
- Irritability Mood swings
- Impaired judgment
- Decreased sex drive
What can your dentist do to help?
The good news is that Oral Appliance Therapy has proven to be very successful in the management of snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. A dental appliance is a small plastic device, similar to an orthodontic retainer, or an athletic mouthguard. It is worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. Dentists with training in dental appliance therapy can prescribe these special appliances to meet their patients individual situations and conditions.
TMJ (TMD) THERAPY
Many suffer from Tempromandibular Joint pain or Tempromandibular Dysfunction.
- Pain on opening
- Inability to open wide or move from side to side comfortably
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Ear pain, hearing loss
- Ringing in the ears
- Clenching, night grinding
- Chronic fatigue
- Noise, grating or popping in joint
- Chronic Temporal or occipital headache
- Chronic Temporal or occipital headache
Treatment of these problems can be complicated. The cause can often be multi-factorial. Successful treatment may involve other professionals; Physiotherapy, Chiropractors, Massage Therapy, Cranio-mandibular specialists, and Physicians.
Meaningful treatment begins with proper diagnosis. We will do a thorough evaluation of your problem to determine the best way that we can help and the appropriate therapy.