Catherine J. Mincy, DDS Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Booneville, Mississippi
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 Catherine J. Mincy, DDS
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Booneville, MS
Since third grade, Dr. Catherine Johnson Mincy knew she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps — Dr. Charles Johnson — and become a dentist. She attended Ole Miss as an Honor’s Scholar, but ultimately followed her U.S. Navy officer husband and finished her Bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion University in Virginia. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1997 from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, which is also her father's alma mater.
Dr. Mincy is a General Dentist who is passionate about continuing education and providing a variety of services to her patients. She completed the rigorous requirements for the Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) in 2003 and finished her certification for the World Clinical Laser Institute in 2007. Currently, she is working on her Master’s with the Academy of General Dentistry and her fellowship requirements for the American Association of Implant Dentistry.
She is a member of the American Orthodontic Society and the American Association of Implant Dentistry and attends regular meetings. She is also a member of both the American and Mississippi Association of Women Dentists and the Academy of Sports Dentistry.
Outside of work, Catherine enjoys reading, waterskiing (yes, in her forties, she can still slalom better than most teens!), St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Ole Miss sports, and horses. She teaches Sunday School at her church, First Baptist Church of Booneville; volunteers monthly with the Tree of Life Clinic in Tupelo, providing dental care to indigent patients; and serves on the Booneville School District Board. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married since 1990 and have two daughters, Meridith, a student at Ole Miss, and Leslie Kate, a student at Booneville High School.