Richard Anderson, DDS Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Edina, Minnesota
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 Richard Anderson, DDS
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Edina, MN
Dr. Richard J Anderson graduated number one in his class both academically and clinically from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1979. He has continued to set a high standard in his dental practice in an effort to deliver excellence in care within a warm environment of trust and caring. In a search to be able to deliver the most comprehensive care possible, Dr. Anderson has studied with national and international leaders and has compiled a long list of advanced education. This includes a two year course of study in orthodontics and orthopedics and also a one year program in esthetic and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to seek out the latest in advanced techniques, and high technology to benefit his patients. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Anderson was elected to membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Society, which includes only the top 5% of dentists nationwide. He also has been listed as a "Top Dentist" in Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine.
Dr. Anderson has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Allen T. H. Bluhm Award for leadership, scholarship and character in dentistry, the General Dentistry Award for achievement in comprehensive care, the American Cancer Society Award and the Alpha Omega Award for outstanding achievement in dentistry. He has also been active in organized dentistry, having been president of the University of Minnesota Dental Alumni Society and an associate editor of the dental journal, Northwest Dentistry.
Dr. Anderson has also been active in giving back to the educational process, having been a clinical associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in the Advanced General Dentistry Program, a post graduate program for dentists to obtain additional experience and education following dental school. He held the position of clinical coordinator and has lectured in areas including orthodontics, full mouth reconstruction and office management.
Dr. Anderson came to dentistry with a background in engineering. This includes a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's in biomedical engineering. Applying engineering to dentistry enables Dr. Anderson to understand the science behind the materials and techniques he uses, as well as appreciating the importance of strong, healthy teeth and gums, and the benefits a beautiful smile can have.
A Member Of:
- American Dental Association
- Minnesota Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Mid-America Orthodontic Society
- Clinical faculty, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry