Pinhole Surgical Technique Boise Idaho

Dr. Jace Hansen and Dr. Brad Townsend Perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Boise, Idaho

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 Boise, Idaho dental office.

Boise: (208) 377-2777

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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 Our Doctors

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentists Boise, ID

Jace Hansen, DMD, MS

Dr. Hansen and Dr. Townsend Dentists Boise


  • MS University of Louisville
    2007 – 2010 Masters in Oral Biology Certificate in Periodontics, University of Louisville
  • DMD University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
    2003 – 2007 School of Dentistry
  • BA Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
  • High School: Pocatello High School, Pocatello, ID
  • American Academy of Periodontology meeting 2010
  • Nobel Active course April 2008
  • Academy of Osseointegration meeting 2009, 2011.
  • Internal Medicine Rotation, University of Louisville Hospital. May 2008.
  • Anesthesiology Rotation, University of Louisville Hospital. June 2008
  • Waterlase Course Certification 2007, 2012
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 2004

Academic Accomplishments:

  • I was awarded the ASISU scholarship in 2002 from Idaho State University.
  • Successful completion of National Board Part I and II.
  • Successful completion of the Western Regional Examination Board.
  • Quintessence award certificate of merit in recognition of academic achievement in periodontics during dental school.

Academic Positions:

  • Clinical Teaching Assistant, Clinical Periodontology Course, 2008 and 2009.
  • Clinical supervision and training for the dental students 2008 and 2009.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association, 2003 – present.
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry – 2004 – 2006.
  • American Academy of Periodontology, 2007 – present.
  • Academy of Osseointegration, 2009 – present.
  • Secretary for the Southwestern Idaho Dental Society (SWIDS), 2011-2013


I enjoy outdoor activities such as water and snow skiing, tennis, golf, and fishing. My two boys, Landon (6 years old) and Kian (4 year old), and my daughter, Cadence (18 months), keep my wife and I very busy and very happy.

Public Health/Volunteer Experience:

  • International Student Learning Program- Dental service trip to Belize.
  • Christian Medial Dental Association- Dental service trip to the Dominican Republic.
  • I am an Eagle Scout.
  • I served a mission in Guatemala for 2 years.

Research Experience:

  • The Effect of a Laser Grooved Implant Collar Compared to a Standard Implant Collar on Peri-implant Hard and Soft Tissue Healing. Master's degree research: A randomized controlled blinded clinical (2010).
  • Co-investigator for Comparison of Suturing Two Techniques Using Acellular Dermal Matrix with a Coronally Positioned Tunnel. A randomized controlled blinded clinical trial (2010).

Brad Townsend, DDS, MS

Dr. Bradley Townsend joined our practice in January 2016. Dr. Townsend is very skilled in all aspects of periodontics and dental implants. Dr. Townsend has been certified in Iowa since 1980, Colorado since 1985 and, California since 2007 and Idaho 2016 He has had the oppertunity to be the Adjunct Assistant Professor for both the department of Periodontics and Family Dentisty at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry as well as speaking at many continuing education programs on catagories such as: Guided Tissue Regeneration and Gingival Grafting, Implant Surgery, Periodontal Plastic Surgical Procedure, and Periodontal Medicine. He holds membrerships in the American Dental Association, American Dental Society of Anesthesia, American Academy of Periodontology and the Christian Periodontal Society. Dr. Townsend enjoys spending his time travleing, being a grandparent, Gideons, and many church activities.

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Boise Dental Office

6019 N. Eagle Rd.
Boise, ID 83713

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