“OMG! I Have “Horsey” Teeth! | Pinhole Surgical Technique

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Besides being fun to do, selfies can lead to finding problems with front teeth which you may not have suspected.   A recent report from the UK cited a substantial increase in the number of people who take selfies, then seek treatment for what they believe (rightly or wrongly) to be long (“horsey”) teeth.   Horsey teeth are those where the gum line has receded so much that the roots of the teeth are showing.  This phenomenon, which afflicts at least half of the population between the age of 18-65 according to the American Dental Association, is called “gingival recession” (receding gums).  To the extent that selfies lead to self-assessment as to one’s dental health, it’s a welcome development from the point of view of the dental profession.  Correcting receding gums traditionally calls for grafting a sliver of tissue from the root of the mouth and transplanting it to the problem tooth.  This results in two surgical sites.  The wound at the roof of the mouth leads to the painful symptoms people associate with grafting.

A new scalpel-free, stitch-free method invented by this columnist, is now available all over the world for correcting this “horsey” tooth problem. The entire procedure is done through a “Pinhole.”  It’s called Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation Technique.   This method is “easy,” “quick,” and “instant.”   It’s easy on the patient because there is practically no pain, swelling or bleeding afterwards.  It’s quick because it takes about less than half the time compared to traditional grafting.  It’s instant because the patient can see the immediate change without having to waiting for the stitches removed two or three weeks later.

About 1500 dentists are now practicing the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation in the U.S., Canada and around the world.  This includes over 400 periodontists (gum specialists).

Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation has been featured on at least 300 TV stations across the country, including the Doctor’s Show, KABC (Los Angeles) and KNBC (Los Angeles).

Of course it is possible Selfies may present a distortion of the prominence the front teeth.  But if you have doubt about whether you have gum recession, you should visit your dentist.  Receding gums means you are losing gum and bone around your teeth.  This may be a progressively deteriorating problem which, if not corrected, may in some circumstance lead to premature loss of the tooth.

So, enjoy take pictures of your smile with Selfies.  Make your smile even more beautiful by visiting your dentist regularly.

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Pinhole Academy Welcomes First Doctor from New Zealand and Bermuda!

Pinhole Academy is proud to announce the first doctors attending the course from New Zealand, Dr. Timothy Rich and Bermuda, Dr. Lorna Hall. We also welcome Dr. Avu Bakar our 5th doctor from the U.K.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn this revolutionary new procedure, The Pinhole Surgical Technique. Sign up for the Chao Pinhole Seminar with a Hands-On Workshop with Live Surgeries at www.pinholeacademy.com

 

Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ Featured in Life After 50 Magazine August 2016 Issue

The minimally invasive alternative to conventional gum grafting, Chao Pinhole gI_93829_Chao Pinhole Treatment before-afterGum Rejuvenation™ corrects receding gums with no cutting, no sutures and no downtime, says inventor Dr. John Chao. Over 100,000 “Life After 50” readers in Southern California will see the article which publishes August 1.

Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ the revolutionary minimally invasive alternative to conventional gum grafting surgery will be featured in the August 2016 issue of “Life After 50” magazine, distributed in Southern California from Ventura County and Los Angeles County to Orange and San Diego Counties.

Also known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® (PST), the technique is changing the way general dentists and periodontists are treating their patients for receding gums.

Until recently many patients diagnosed with gum recession would decline having treatment rather than undergo conventional gum grafting surgery which requires cutting of donor tissue from the roof of the mouth and grafting the tissue to cover the receded areas using sutures. With the “Pinhole”® procedure a doctor can correct receding gums without cutting or sutures and with little or no downtime required. There is virtually no pain or bleeding and there is instant transformation of the defective gum line.

Once patients learn that their gum recession can be reversed without any cutting or stitches they feel more comfortable about accepting necessary treatment. To date, over 1,500 doctors from across the country and around the world have been trained in PST by inventor Dr. John Chao at the Pinhole Academy in Alhambra, CA with additional doctors attending training seminars scheduled on an ongoing basis.

The simplicity and ease of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is encouraging patients all over the world to have needed treatment for gum recession. For more information on PST, information on training for doctors or for a referral to a local PST provider visit http://www.PinholeSurgicalTechnique.com or call (888) 603-2953.

About Dr. John Chao:
John Chao, DDS, MAGD is a leading dentist, educator and the inventor of the patented Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Dr. Chao is a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry and he is well known as an authority on dentistry throughout Southern California. Dr. Chao is a lecturer and clinical instructor at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in the Community Dentistry Division, teaching on the subjects of pain and anxiety management, ethics and professionalism. Dr. Chao practices in the Los Angeles area.

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A New Easier Fix For Receding Gums | Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

A New Easier Fix For Receding Gums

By Dr. John Chao

Rocio, a Los Angeles mother of two first noticed her gums starting to recede several years ago. “I had straight teeth, but my gums were really bad,” she says. “I work in a dental office and I asked my dentist if I had gum disease, but he said no, my gums were receding, probably due to brushing too hard. My daughter was planning to be married at the time and I wanted to be able to smile for the wedding photos without feeling embarrassed about her gum recession. I wanted to express my happiness through my smile.”

The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day, and flossing once. Many people assume that more is better, and brush more frequently. At the same time, they use excess pressure and a brush with a medium or hard bristle. This overaggressive brushing is no more effective at removing food particles and plaque and it can be extremely damaging to gum tissue. According to the American Dental Association half of Americans will experience some level of gum recession. Receding gums are unattractive, can cause tooth sensitivity and may even lead to eventual tooth loss. Causes include improper tooth brushing, gum disease and the natural aging process.

Rocio knew she had to do something for her gum recession but the idea of undergoing conventional gum grafting was just too daunting. That’s when she learned about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®, a minimally invasive alternative to conventional gum grafting surgery. Treatment takes just a few minutes per tooth, and multiple teeth may be treated at the same time, all though small ‘pinholes’ made in the gums. Also known as “Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ the technique is changing the way general dentists and periodontists are treating their patients for gum recession.

Until recently many people diagnosed with gum recession would decline having treatment rather than undergo conventional gum grafting surgery, which requires cutting of donor tissue from the roof of the mouth and grafting the tissue to cover the receded areas using sutures. With the “Pinhole” procedure a doctor can correct receding gums without cutting or sutures with little or no downtime required. There is virtually no pain or bleeding, and there is instant transformation of the defective gum line.

Once patients learn that their gum recession can be reversed without any scalpels or stitches they feel more comfortable about accepting necessary treatment. To date, over 1,500 doctors from across the country and around the world have been trained in the procedure.

How the Pinhole technique is done: 

The patient’s gum tissue is numbed with a local anesthetic and a tiny entry point, or “pinhole” the size of a ballpoint pen tip is made above or below the teeth being treated. Special dental instruments are inserted into the pinhole and used to move the gums into position and improve root coverage. The doctor then passes tiny collagen strips through the pinhole and inserts them under the gum. The collagen keeps the tissue in place until the patient’s body produces new collagen. The pinhole heals quickly and is usually undetectable within a day or two.

A 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique® was published in the October 2012 issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study were as successful as traditional gum grafting procedures which require cutting and sutures, while patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and high satisfaction with a rapid transformation of the defective gum line. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32: 521-531.)

The simplicity and ease of the Pinhole Surgical Technique® is encouraging patients all over the world to have needed treatment for gum recession.

For more information or for a referral to a local provider visit www.pinholegumrejuvenation.com

About Dr. John Chao: 

John Chao, DDS, MAGD is a leading dentist, educator and inventor of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Dr. Chao is a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry. He is well known as an authority on dentistry throughout Southern California. Dr. Chao is a lecturer and clinical instructor at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in the Community Dentistry Division, teaching on the subjects of pain and anxiety management, ethics and professionalism. He practices in the Los Angeles area.

Doctors from Around the World Attend Chao Pinhole Seminar!

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Doctors travel from all over the world to learn the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique at the Chao Pinhole Course in Alhambra, CA from Dr. John Chao himself.

Some of the doctors attending our next course are Luis Cuesta from Zurich, Switzerland; Rakesh Gulia from Melbourne, Australia and Ghassan Amro from Palestine, Israel.

We have had several doctors attend past courses from these countries, such as 4 from Switzerland, 10 form Australia and 1 from Isreal. Plus many more countries!

Don’t miss out! Sign up for the Chao Pinhole Seminar with a Hands-On Workshop with Live Surgeries. www.pinholeacademy.com

 

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique Helps to Prevent the Need for Dentures

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3217435/Tiny-pinprick-gums-stop-needing-false-teeth.html

If there is anything we know about the aging process, we know that it is quite natural for things to just…start to fall apart. Our bones get more brittle, our muscles begin to weaken, and we just know things are going to start slowly progressing downhill. But what if you found out that a major stigma of old age could be bypassed altogether? What if you could thwart the inevitable? While there are lots of ailments of age that would be gladly given up, the topic on the docket is oral care.

According to DailyMail.com, Colin Errington, a 71-year old gentleman from Essex, had always taken great care of his smile. As a former banker, looking presentable was necessary. So when he went to his dental appointment and found out that his receding gums may cause him to lose teeth, Colin knew he had to act fast.

“I could see my gums were receding, but I thought that was just part of getting older…And my teeth weren’t causing me any pain, so I had no idea of how serious it could be,” says Colin.

And while we would like to think we have a solid grasp on oral care, as a whole we don’t really know a lot about the correct way to approach dental hygiene. In all reality, his could have been a preventative condition. But like Colin, we think that if it doesn’t hurt, it must not be broken. Unfortunately, if left untreated, the gums recede further, causing damage in the tissue and bone structures of the teeth. This is the circumstance Mr. Errington faced…the necessity of dentures on his horizon.

Fast forward 4 months…

Not only is Mr. Errington flashing his wife Caroline that handsome grin again, but his gums are back in place, leaving the idea of getting dentures a thing of the past. And it was all made possible by his dentist, Dr. Sunny Sihra, using the newest advancement in gum recession treatment, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, to fix his receding gums.

Prior to this surgical technique, the treatment for receding gums is a connective tissue graft. Grafts are taken from the roof of the patient’s mouth and stitched to the gum tissue near the exposed tooth root. Not only is this procedure extremely painful, but it is a very slow process that both takes a long time to complete (depending on the case), but also takes a lot of time to recuperate afterwards.

With the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, there are no grafts, no stitches, and most importantly, not a whole lot of pain or recovery time. A tiny 2mm hole is placed in your mouth high above the gum line and with special instruments, the loose gum tissue is manipulated back into place. Collagen strips are then inserted into the area to help lock the gums back into place and adhere to the bone. A local anesthetic is given and the procedure itself takes about an hour. In general, the discomfort seems to only last about a day. Patients are advised to avoid hard foods for about a week and not brush their teeth for about a month (a mouthwash is prescribed), but that’s the extent of it. Can you believe it? Forgoing the dreaded denture mishaps your entire life? It’s like a dream come true for our friend, Colin Errington.

Colin says of the entire situation, “As soon as Dr. Sihra mentioned a possibility of losing my teeth, I had to do something. I didn’t want false teeth. I’m hoping to keep my teeth as long as possible.”

And with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, he now has a great shot at doing just that.

To read the full article click here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3217435/Tiny-pinprick-gums-stop-needing-false-teeth.html