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Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)

Correcting Gum Recession with Dental Surgery

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) was invented and patented by John Chao, DDS, MADG. This is a scalpel-free, suture-free gum lift procedure for correcting gum recession.

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls away from the surface of the teeth, exposing the roots. Receding gum tissue is often a result of periodontal or gum disease. Left untreated, this can eventually lead to tooth or jaw bone loss. Thus, it is imperative to correct this issue before it becomes irreversible.


Gum grafting and the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) are two techniques for correcting gum recession. Although both are excellent options, the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) offers a scalpel-free, suture-free option with little to no pain, swelling or bleeding.

Through a tiny pin-hole made by a needle, Dr. Beck is able to loosen the gum tissue and lift it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding) and patients heal quickly.

Dr. John Chao and Dr. Scott Beck

Dr. Beck is one of only 1,800 dentists world-wide who can perform this breakthrough technique for correcting gingival recession. Internationally acclaimed, this technique has been showcased on more than 240 TV and news programs including ABC, NBC and The Doctors Show.

To learn more, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Beck. Call (308) 632-7414 or email

This office has always been friendly, competent and highly professional. Great experience with my last cleaning. Dr Beck is very knowledgeable and professional and explains things well. I highly recommend Scottsbluff Dentist.

- Christy J. 

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