Pinhole Surgical Technique Knoxville

Ron Foust, DDS Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Knoxville, TN

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 Ron Foust, DDS

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Knoxville, TN

Dr. Foust graduated from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, TN in March 1975. He then spent over a year in Charlotte, North Carolina functioning as a children’s dentist with the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Upon returning to his hometown of Knoxville he opened his private office where he has practiced dentistry at his present location since September 1976.

Dr. Foust has spent his professional years developing his skills through extensive continuing education. He is fortunate to have been taught by a number of well-respected mentors known worldwide. This esteemed list includes his mentors in the Florida Dento-Facial Study Club, Dr. Carl Gugino and Dr. Donnie Myers for over 24 years, Dr. Mike Schuster of the Schuster Centre for Professional Development and Dr. William Brandt, UT Health Science Center, Memphis. Through their mentoring Dr. Foust has incorporated many technologies he learned from them into his own practice such as Cone Beam X-rays (Dental CT) and neuromuscular technologies to aid in his treatment of patients with muscular dysfunction and orthodontic challenges. Because he was the first in the region to utilize the latest cone beam imaging technology in his practice he was asked to serve as a luminary for Biolase, Inc. Through his expertise and passion for cone beam technology he hopes to inspire others to use cone beam diagnostically.

Dr. Foust bases his practice philosophy on building trusting relationships with his patients. He believes this to be the first and most important characteristic of a dental medicine doctor. Excellence for his patients' dental health is always his goal throughout the diagnostic and treatment phases of dentistry.

Being an avid fly fisherman Dr. Foust is quite happy to spend his free time on a great trout river fishing with the flies he tied himself. He and his wife, Pat, of 41 years are active members of their church, Sevier Heights Baptist in Knoxville.

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