The technique was created by cosmetic dentist Dr John Chao, who personally trained our dentist. We are now proud to pioneer the innovative technique here in Victoria for the benefit of our Melbourne patients.
Dr Maria Sole Bellamy has been working in Melbourne in private practice since 2005.
In 2016 she travelled to California to train with Dr John Chao, the creator of the Pinhole Surgical Technique, the minimally invasive, scalpel and suture free procedure for treating gum recession. She was the first dentist in Melbourne to offer the Pinhole Procedure. Since then, she has dedicated herself to the management and treatment of diverse factors that cause gum recession.Dr Bellamy has completed large amount of cases treated with Pinhole Surgical Technique, and she is the only Australian dentist to have been awarded the title of Advanced Pinhole Clinician by the Pinhole Academy earlier this year.
Gum recession is the process of gum tissue loss along the gum line, resulting in exposure of the teeth roots. When these roots are exposed, it’s easier for bacteria to build up in the gaps or ‘pockets’ left between the teeth and gum line. In addition to causing decay, this can also cause serious damage to the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth if left untreated, resulting in tooth loss.
Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including:
Traditional gum recession treatments involve rebuilding the gum line using donor tissue or soft tissue grafts from the patient’s palate. These grafts then join with the patient’s existing gum tissue during the healing process.
On the other hand, the PST involves simply adjusting the gum tissue that is already there, making it much less invasive. First, we use a needle to make a small hole in the gum tissue. Special instruments are then inserted through this pinhole to gently loosen the tissue, helping us to expand and slide the gum line so it covers the exposed root structure. This means no sutures or incisions necessary.
The PST has several major benefits for the patient, including:
To discuss your suitability for the The Pinhole® Surgical Technique, please contact East Bentleigh Dental Group via “contact us” form below, by phone, email or online booking form. Our dentist will then see you to discuss your concern, assess suitability for the procedure and determine the best way forward for your oral health.