Pinhole Surgical Technique Palm Desert CA

Dr. Anne Nicholas Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Palm Desert, CA

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 Dr. Anne Nicholas

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Palm Desert, CA

Dr. Nicholas Palm Desert Dentist

Dr. Nicholas completed a post-doctoral program in Periodontics & Dental Implants at Loma Linda University in 1992. Dr. Nicholas also completed a comprehensive residency at the Misch Implant Institute. Dr. Nicholas teaches other doctors inside and outside her practice. She utilizes her extensive training and experience to treat even the most challenging dental situations.

She has been delivering cosmetic, implant, and functional solutions to clients for over 17 years. Her commitment to "doing it right" and ability to “handle just about anything” has won her the admiration of clients and other doctors. Dr. Nicholas uses her expertise to prevent big problems from ever happening.

Dr. Nicholas has been helping clients so they can enjoy eating and smiling again with dental implants ever since starting her practice. In addition, she has developed special techniques in sedation dentistry for the fearful client. All treatment is performed in the same office. This, combined with advanced techniques, allows even the most compromised individual to return to a life of enjoying dental health.

Dr. Nicholas also offers her patients the option of being sedated during treatment so that patients have little or no memory of the surgery when both long and short procedures are performed. In a quest to find a more complete way of caring for her patients’ dental needs, her practice has evolved into a multi-specialty dental group that encompasses most of the specialties in dentistry. The specialists in her office work as a team to provide patients a coordinated and comprehensive treatment plan all in one office. She also has created in her facility a special room dedicated for educational and training purposes.

For the benefit of her clients, advanced learning and the implementation of new technologies at the leading edge of dentistry are constants for Dr. Nicholas and her team of professionals. The friendly doctors and staff are known for their down-to-earth and non-technical communication style, making complex dentistry easy to understand.

In 2005, Dr. Nicholas gained fellowship status at the Misch International Implant Institute, the most acclaimed implant training institute in the world. In 2008, she was also awarded Diplomate status from the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

Dr. Nicholas has offices in Palm Desert and Palm Springs, and her state-of-the-art facility provides patients educational software, oral cancer screening, multiple treatment options, and multi-specialty, tailored care all in one location.

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