Pinhole Surgical Technique San Diego

Dr. Abelar Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in San Diego, 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 San Diego 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 Martin P Abelar, DDS

San Diego Restorative and Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Chao

Dr. Abelar was sensitive to beauty at a young age. "As a kid I couldn't help but notice things like fine paintings and nice homes...I was drawn to visual things", he remembers. "I seemed to notice subtle differences in quality as well". Later, he sought electives for art, photography, and film classes to nurture his creative spirit. Today, thirty plus years into practice as one of southern California's premiere cosmetic and restorative dentists, Dr. Abelar masterfully blends artistry and science into his dentistry to achieve the most ideal results possible. "I essentially build a treatment plan around each individual", he says. "There's always a unique starting point...perhaps a photo of their favorite celebrity smile, or even a photo of themselves from some years ago."

Dr. Abelar invests in a thorough pre-treatment phase—discussing and exploring options, guiding his patients to the most beautiful, healthy, natural smile. "If you're going to give someone the best possible result, then the planning phase is incredibly important...and this applies not only to cosmetic cases, but general dentistry as well".

Dr. Abelar has the distinguished honor of instructing for many years at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, teaching practicing dentists from around the world the most progressive techniques available today. He also mentors several very successful dentists locally. It is no surprise he has adopted the Pinhole Surgical Technique since he is known in Southern California as embracing newer, more conservative techniques in an effort to better care for his patients.

Martin Abelar, DDS offers advanced dental treatments in San Diego

Serving Surrounding Areas
  • San Diego
  • La Jolla
  • Delmar
  • Carmel Valley
Leading Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Abelar is recognized for his skills in cosmetic dentistry, treatment of sleep apnea and the latest advances in dental care. For years Dr. Abelar has been recognized as on of the top dentists in the San Diego area.

Aesthetic Dentistry San Diego
  • Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Provider in San Diego
  • Sleep Therapy, TMJ Treatment, Gum Rejuvenation, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
  • Chosen by San Diego dentists as one of the best cosmetic and restorative dentists in the San Diego metropolitan area! ~San Diego Magazine

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