Pinhole Surgical Technique Austin Texas

Dr. Sree Bodapati Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Austin, 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 Dr. Sree Bodapati

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Peridontist Austin, TX

Dr. Bodapati Pinhole Periodontist

Dr. Sree Bodapati attended the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston for her Master's and Residency in Periodontics and Implant dentistry. She has extensive surgical experience in gum surgery, gum grafting, bone grafting, placing implants and other advanced surgical techniques.

Dr. Bodapati obtained her dental degree from Manipal College of Dental Surgery, India, in 2002. In pursuit of higher learning, she received a Masters in Public Health (Public Health Education) in 2004 from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

In addition, Dr. Bodapati completed an Anesthesiology rotation at the Lyndon B Johnson (LBJ) Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of The UT Health Medical School in Houston. At both the University of Texas Dental Branch and the LBJ hospital, Dr. Bodapati trained extensively in oral and intravenous sedation (IV sedation).

She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (Board Certified)*. Dr. Bodapati is also the past president of the Women of Austin Dental Society.

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