Dr. Chris Chondrogiannis at Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants on Long Island explains his training in Pinhole Surgical TechniqueÆ.
The training for the Pinhole Surgical TechniqueÆ was an intense two-day course with the inventor of the technique, Dr. John Chao. It includes meticulous attention to the instrumentation that Dr. Chao has patented. The instruments are angled and sharpened in a specific way so as not to harm the soft tissue, and if used correctly they will mobilize and move the tissue. It took him about 13 years to perfect the instrumentation, and he has been using these particular instruments for the past four to five years.
My training was hands-on. We did live surgery and then the follow-up the next day to see the healing. We were able to speak with the patient and get her take on it.
In my practice, when patients arrive they have already done their research on the Internet. They learn that we can treat an entire arch in one visit, and that is a very attractive option.
A particular patient that I saw had previously had cadaver soft tissue grafting on the lower front and was unhappy that this technique would be needed for every tooth. That process would have taken maybe twelve to eighteen months to complete versus having two Pinhole Surgical TechniqueÆ appointments about two months apart to treat the upper and lower arches separately.
Immediately after the Pinhole Surgical TechniqueÆ, root surfaces appear to be covered. That is achieved in about two hours, without suturing, and with minimal swelling and bleeding. The patient is very comfortable the next day simply taking ibuprofen. Within a week everything starts looking nice and pink and healthy and by three weeks the result is excellent.
When the patient experiences the excitement of having one tooth done, they often become motivated to do the entire jaw. The overwhelming majority of our patients overcome their anxiety about gum grafting. People are very happy with the Pinhole Surgical TechniqueÆ at the Farber Center.
Dr. Chris Chondrogiannis
Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
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