Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Treatment For Receding Gums on ABC 7 News Los Angeles

June 12, 2013 - Dr. John Chao appears on the 5:00 p.m. news tonight on KABC Channel 7 with the Pinhole Surgical Technique™,  a new treatment for gum recession with no cutting, scalpels or sutures. Health reporter Denise Dador shows how the new treatment works with a patient treatment and animation of the procedure.

“People should be aware of receding gums which can be caused by excessive tooth brushing, gum disease or the normal aging process,” says Dr. Chao, a leading Los Angeles area dentist who invented the Pinhole Surgical Technique, also known as "Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™".

“Many people are unaware of their gum recession until they their teeth become sensitive to cold temperatures because of root exposure,” he says. “Others are concerned by the unsightly appearance of their receding gums.”

“The standard treatment for receding gums has been gum grafting surgery, a painful and invasive procedure in which a section of gum tissue must be cut out of the palate, then sewn on to the affected area,” says Dr. Chao. “Because of the pain and recovery time, dentists can usually treat only one or two teeth at a time.”

“This got me considering a better way to treat gum recession,” says Dr. Chao. ”Could we simply slide receding gums back down into place, with no grafting or stitches?” Dr. Chao says he worked on numerous ways to achieve this goal and through research he has developed his minimally invasive technique to restore gums to their proper position, using a few simple instruments which he designed. “Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation takes just a few minutes per tooth. There is no cutting, no downtime required and multiple teeth may be treated at the same time,” says Dr. Chao.

How The Pinhole Surgical Technique Is Done:

The area of gum recession is numbed with a local anesthetic, then a tiny entry point, about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen is made in the gum above the tooth or teeth to be treated. A specially designed dental instrument is inserted into the entry point and manipulated to loosen the gum tissues; then the gums are moved down to a normal, healthy position. The instrument is withdrawn, then Dr. Chao uses a small angled forceps, or “pliers” to place several tiny collagen strips through the entry point under the gums. The collagen helps keep the tissue in place as new collagen is formed by the body.
Receding Gums (L) are moved down (M) and returned to a normal position (R)

The entire treatment takes about 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of teeth treated. The entry hole quickly heals and is virtually undetectable the next day, with no downtime needed for healing. Patients can return to their daily activities and can eat and drink normally.

For more information on Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ visit or call (888) 309-7501.

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