Dr. Fann Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Columbia, 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 Brian Fann, DDS
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Columbia TN
Dr. Brian Fann was born and raised in Columbia, Tennessee. In 1995, he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Lipscomb University. He went on to the University of Tennessee at Memphis where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2001. Dr. Fann has received the ACE award for continuing education in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He is also an Associate Fellow in the Academy of Gp Orthodontics.
He's practiced dentistry in the same community for the last 11 years. In 2010, Dr. Fann moved his practice into a newly built office. Dr. Fann loves the delicacy and intricacy of dentistry. He likes the challenge of producing quality restorations. It's reaffirming to see his patients happy with their new smiles, and likes that patients find relief from pain, enjoy cosmetic outcomes, or simply experience comfortable dentistry for the first time. Dr. Fann believes that being a dentist is the greatest profession in so many different ways every day.
Dr. Fann has been married to his wife, Mitzi, for more than thirteen years. They have two beautiful daughters, Lilli Mai and Mary Stinnett. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Fann enjoys golf, reading, outdoor activities, Alabama football, and spending time with his family.
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