Dr. Phillip L. Parham Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Dalton and Atlanta, Georgia
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 one of our dental offices in Atlanta or Dalton, GA.
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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. Phillip L. Parham
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Periodontist Georgia
Serving Dalton and Northwest Georgia
For over 25 years, Dr. Parham has provided care for the advanced surgical needs of patients of northwest Georgia’s general dentists through Dental Implants & Periodontal Care, P.C. In 1990, he established the first dental study club in the northwest Georgia area, which emphasized continuing education for dental practitioners in multiple specialty fields. He is also the founder of the state’s oldest chapter of the Seattle Study Club network.
Dr. Parham has been a leader in bringing technological advancements in dentistry to patient care in Dalton, with an emphasis on implant dentistry and bone regeneration therapies. His main goal of promoting Team Dentistry, where all dental specialties come together to serve the patients’ needs, is the hallmark of his personalized patient care. He is proud to work with numerous fine general dental practices in our area.
Dentistry & Specialty Training
Dr. Parham began his pre-doctoral career with an A.S. in Pre-Dentistry from Kennesaw College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from LaGrange College. He received his D.M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dentistry and an additional year of training in Advanced General Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska with the United States Air Force. Dr. Parham spent the next three years practicing dentistry in Montana before being selected by the USAF for advanced specialty training at the University of Missouri. His specialty training is in Periodontics, and he also received a Master of Science degree while at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Following his residency in Periodontics with the USAF, he was honorably discharged from military service and established his private practice in Dalton, Georgia.
Dr. Parham, a proud father of three and now a grandfather, is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, cycling, and rock climbing. He is an active member of the Dalton community who has sponsored (and acted in!) several theatrical productions through the Artistic Civic Theater. He also stays involved in community life by contributing to local charitable causes.
Dr. Parham is proud to work with an excellent staff to provide quality dental/surgical care and to serve his patients with expanded choices in tooth replacement and restoration through dental implants.