Pinhole Surgical Technique

Dr. Ann Kania Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Encinitas, 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 Ann Mineo Kania, DDS, DMSC

San Diego Periodontics

Encinitas Dentist Dr. Kania

Dr. Kania graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. She received her dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. While at UCSF she was selected as a Regents Scholarship Fellow. She was one of only two recipients of this prestigious award. Dr. Kania completed her Residency in Periodontology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. While at Harvard she also earned her Doctorate of Medical Science to elucidate the microbiology of connective tissue. During this training she was awarded the National Research Service award.

She has been a practicing specialist in the field of Periodontics and dental implants in San Diego's North County since 1997. She has earned a reputation for providing the highest quality periodontal and dental implant care possible.

Dr. Kania continues to evaluate treatment options that improve patient acceptance, comfort and clinical results. Dr. Kania is one of an elite group of Board Certified Periodontists in Southern California certified by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry.

In 2004 she earned the highest distinction given to Periodontists, that of being named Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. As a board certified Periodontist, she has achieved the highest recognition of achievement awarded to dental specialists in the field of Periodontology, dental implants and oral plastic surgery.

Professional Memberships & Societies:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology
  • American Academy of Osseointegration
  • International Team for Implantology
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry
  • California Society of Periodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Diego County Dental Association
Dr. Kania Specializes in:
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases (gum disease)
  • Gingival augmentation and oral plastic surgery (gum grafts)
  • Site preparation for restorative treatment; crown lengthening
  • Site preparation for and placement of dental implants; bone grafting and sinus grafting

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