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Wichita Family Dental
9339 E. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67206
1445 N. Ridge Road, Wichita, KS 67212
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Wichita Dentist - Introducing the Pinhole® Surgical Technique

April 12th, 2018

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique at Wichita Family Dental

A groundbreaking gum recession treatment in Wichita, KS

Wichita Family Dental is excited to announce the introduction of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique at our practice. The doctors at Wichita Family Dental are Pinhole® Academy certified to perform this breakthrough procedure to treat gum recession. Read more about it below and then book your free consultation at 316-630-9339.

What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession is the loss of tissue along the gumline due to periodontal diseases, insufficient dental care, aging, tobacco use, teeth grinding and clenching, and abrasive teeth brushing habits. When the gums recede, the root of the tooth is exposed which may lead to a buildup of bacteria and tooth decay. Untreated gum recession may result in tooth loss and severe health complications. The first sign of gum recession is often tooth sensitivity. Healthy gums are an important part of keeping your mouth healthy, so detecting and treating gum recession early is equally essential.

What is the traditional option for Gum Recession?

Traditional treatment for gum recession involves grafting gum tissue from your palate to cover the exposed root. It requires multiple incisions and sutures which can result in pain and a long recovery period.

What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a groundbreaking and minimally invasive treatment for gum recession. It is incision and suture free. During the procedure, your Wichita Family Dental doctor will use a needle to make small hole in your existing gum tissue. Through this ‘pinhole,’ a special instrument will be used to loosen, expand, and slide the tissue down to cover the exposed root structure of your tooth. There are no grafts, sutures, or incisions, so the treatment has a faster recovery time than grafting. It creates natural and long-lasting cosmetic results and patients have reported experiencing minimal discomfort and swelling. Most pinholes heal within 24 hours. Most importantly, it instantly reduces the risk of tooth decay as a result of gum recession.

The Top 5 Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)

  1. It can correct gum recession in as little as 1 treatment and most sessions take only 1-2 hours.
  2. It is graft-free, suture-free, and scalpel-free which means minimal discomfort and swelling.
  3. In most cases, the pinholes heal in 24 hours. Patients report returning to normal light activities within 24-48 hours.
  4. It can prevent tooth loss and the need for costly procedures like dental implants or dentures. It has long-lasting results per the International Journal of Periodontology & Restorative Dentistry (October 2012).
  5. It can enhance your appearance. Many patients describe feeling happier and more confident in their smile post-procedure.

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) in the News

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique has been featured on “The Doctors Show,” “Dr. Steve Show,” “ABC,” “NBC,” and over 240 other stations in the United States and Canada. Only a Pinhole® Academy certified dentist can offer this technique. The doctors at Wichita Family Dental are Pinhole® Academy certified.

Wichita Dentist - Managing Your Anxiety About Going to the Dentist

April 5th, 2018

April is National Stress Awareness Month

We get it. A visit to the dentist is not something that most people look forward to. But at Wichita Family Dental, we want to do our part to change how patients perceive a visit to our dental office.

There are many reasons why people fear the dentist, and we don’t take it personally. Some patients have had negative past experiences at the dentist. Many patients fear needles, anticipate pain, or simply feel embarrassed. Whatever your reason, we want to assure you that Wichita Family Dental has a trusted record of easing dental anxiety and providing patients with a positive, personable, and comfortable approach to their individual and unique oral healthcare needs.

As highly trained healthcare professionals, the doctors and clinical staff and Wichita Family Dental are experts at treating patients who experience dental anxiety with compassion and understanding. There are many safe and comfortable techniques that aid in reducing a patient's stress. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, here are our tips for staying calm:

  1. Speak up: If you experience dental anxiety, let our staff know so they can adapt their techniques to your individual needs. We encourage you to agree on hand signals to communicate with your dentist during your procedure. If you feel pain or discomfort at any time, use them to alert your dentist.
  2. Focus on Your Breathing: We tend to instinctively hold our breath when we are anxious, but this actually decreases your oxygen levels and may increase anxiety. Instead of holding your breath, focus on slow and regular breathing.
  3. Listen to Music: If the sounds of the dental office bother you, feel free to pop in your ear buds and drown them out with music, your favorite podcast or audiobook.
  4. Read our reviews; they speak for themselves:

Great dental office if you are fearful of dental work!

I went to get a filling done due to my old filling falling out. I'm a BIG BABY CHICKEN when it comes to the dentist, but they didn't judge or laugh. Felt no pain during the entire appointment.

The best dental experience I've EVER had! I had bad tooth pain that was causing ear problems and I knew something had to be done. I have a very real fear of sedation so I put off getting my teeth pulled but the staff heard me out and with some compassion, got me to get it over and done with. No more pain!

I have not been to a dentist in over 25 years. I was nervous and scared honestly. The great people here made me feel relaxed and were very thorough with everything. I ended up having some teeth removed and do not believe it could have gone any better than it did. I will continue to use them as my dentist and recommend that anyone looking should give them a try.

  1. Let us help you relax. Enter our April referral contest to win a Traeger gift pack including a Traeger Tailgater Pellet Grill & Smoker, two packages of Traeger pellets, and a Traeger grilling tray.

Wichita Dentist - Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 3rd, 2018

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., one person dies EVERY HOUR from oral cancer, largely due to late detection. Check out this oral cancer info from the AAOMS and visit their website MyOMS.org. At Wichita Family Dental, your oral cancer screening is free as a part of your hygiene checkup.

Wichita Dentist - Our Top Five

March 26th, 2018

If you are looking for a permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants are the most natural-looking and cost-effective option. Take a look the top five benefits of a dental implant from the experts at Wichita Family Dental and book a free consultation today!