Pinhole Surgical Technique

Dr. Dreger Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Wausau, WI

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.

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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 Dr. Ross Dreger

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Wausau WI

Dr. Dreger Wausau Dentist

I can’t say exactly when I decided to be a dentist. It's a decision that just evolved over time and the influence of some of my peers. While attending the University of Minnesota, several people encouraged me to go on to dental school and luckily–I took their advice.

After achieving an undergraduate degree in Bacteriology, I moved on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Dental School. As the need for implant dentistry and sedation grew, I continued to advance my education to ensure that our clinic could offer these services to our patients.

Looking back over the last fifteen years, becoming a partner at Cedar Creek Dental was one of the best choices I made – along with marrying my wife Kelly. My patients make my job more challenging, rewarding and satisfying than I ever imagined.

On a personal level, my wife, daughter Olivia and I enjoy the quality of life in this area.

I'm an active cyclist, runner and cross-country skier. I have canoed, backpacked and hunted throughout the U.S. and Canada and I can walk out my front door and do all those things right here too!

Graduate of:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Dental School University of Minnesota
  • Misch International Implant Institute
  • Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS)

Member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Spear Education Faculty Club

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