Dr. Andy Duke and Dr. Galin Latham Perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Beaumont, Texas
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 Our Doctors
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentists Beaumont, TX
Meet Andy Duke D.D.S., M.D., F.A.G.D.
Dr. Duke grew up in Baytown, Texas with two older brothers and was heavily involved in athletics. He attended Texas A and M University on baseball scholarship and studied biomedical science receiving multiple athletic and academic awards. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the June 1989 Major League Baseball draft. He later attended the University of Texas at Houston Dental School and graduated in 1994 as the Valedictorian of his class. He received his M.D. from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he did advanced training in oral surgery, sedation and anesthesia. He is a lover of learning and advancing in high quality multi-specialty dental care achieving a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2011.
Dr. Duke is married to Shelley Duke and they have one child, Bella. Shelley is an educator and infant survival swim instructor while Bella enjoys dance, volleyball, trampoline and swimming. Dr. Duke enjoys the outdoors hunting and fishing and a good day on his John Deere tractor.
Dr. Duke is a member of The Dental Society of Southeast Texas, the Texas Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Facial Aesthetics, the American Orthodontic Society, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologist.
Meet Galin Latham D.D.S.
Dr. Latham is a native Texan. He was born in Amarillo, but spent most of his life growing up in Muleshoe. Upon graduation from Muleshoe High School, he enrolled in West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M) and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. From WT, he entered into dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio. In 2000, he received his D.D.S. degree with honors.
Dr. Latham is married to Nadine and has two children, Baylor and Bree. He and his family love living an active lifestyle and spend a lot of time together participating in outdoor and sports recreation.
Dr. Latham is a member of The Dental Society of Southeast Texas, The Texas Dental Association, The American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The Academy of Facial Esthetics, The American Orthodontic Society and The International Congress of Oral Implantologists.