What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)?

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 patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results

Gum Disease Treatment – Alhambra CA

Gum disease is fairly common, especially if the patient in concern does not make regular visits to the dentist. One of the most common forms of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque starts to build up in the gaps between the gum and the teeth. This buildup is called tartar, and although it may only be in small amounts, the bacteria the tartar carries can produce toxins to the body that cause the gums to inflame. If this form of gum disease is not addressed properly, the gaps between the teeth and the gums can become larger.

This is something you really want to avoid because if the tartar buildup is too great it can eventually lead to tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Regular cleanings can help you avoid this situation, but we can also help you if your gum disease is more advanced. We have a number of different non-surgical methods.  As with all of our procedures, these procedures are extremely comfortable. You do not have to fear having to decide between losing your teeth or undergoing painful surgery.

Revolutionary Patent for Gum Repair – Alhambra Dentist

Alhambra dentist, Dr. John Chao, was honored on June 11, 2012, at his office, by the Alhambra Mayor Barbara Messina for inventing a method of repairing receded gums, for which he was awarded two patents and a trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the assistance of patent specialist, Attorney Kumar Maheshwari from the law firm of Foley and Lardner, LLP. An article describing and authenticating this method, called the “Pinhole Surgical Technique”®, has been accepted for publication by the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry.

 

Gum Recession from Periodontitis – Treatment Options

gum lift caThe condition that most often underlies most gum recession problems is periodontitis, a genetic inflammatory disease condition associated infection caused by certain kinds of oral bacteria (periodontal pathogens). An aberration or glitch in the immune system leads to destruction of the connective tissue (gums and bone) supporting the teeth by one’s own inflammatory process. White blood cells, instead of aiding the immune system to destroy infection-causing bacteria, undergo a process that results in the destruction of bone and gums. This process affects the gum line and causes the gums to recede. When the gums recede, the roots of the teeth are exposed. When the protective surface of the roots, called cementum, is worn away by over-brushing or decay, the teeth will become hypersensitive to cold and touch.

What can be done to restore the gum line to its normal position? First of all, the possible causes of gum recession must be dealt with. Proper brushing habits must be taught and learned. Bite guards should be worn consistently, if clenching and grinding is habitual. Periodontitis must be treated and then controlled by good home care followed by regular dental maintenance visits as prescribed.

Secondly, a “root coverage” procedure can be considered. There are a variety of surgical procedures to restore the gum line to its original position. The “gold standard” is the “connective tissue graft.” This method incorporates two separate procedures. First, a thin piece of tissue is removed or “harvested” from the palate. Since this tissue comes from the patient, it is called an “autogenous” graft. The second part of this method requires a surgical procedure that makes a tissue flap. A flap is made by an incision extending from the recession site the adjacent teeth. Then the gums are “elevated” or peeled away from the underlying gum or bone. This filleting effect allows for a “pouch” in the gum into which the graft tissue is placed and stitched or sutured into place.

Gum Treatment – Gum Lift to correct “long tooth” syndrome in California

Gum Lift Before

Gum Lift Before

What can be done to restore the gum line to its normal position?  First of all, the possible causes of gum recession must be dealt with.  Proper brushing habits must be taught and learned.  Bite guards should be worn consistently, if clenching and grinding is habitual.  Periodontitis must be treated and then controlled by good home care followed by regular dental maintenance visits as prescribed. 
Secondly, a “root coverage” procedure can be considered.  There are a variety of surgical procedures to restore the gum line to its original position.  The “gold standard” is the “connective tissue graft.” 

Dr. Chao is the inventor of a soon-to-be published “breakthrough” method designed to treat gum recession in a minimally invasive way with minimal postoperative symptoms and without palatal grafting.  Trademark and pending patents have been obtained both for the instruments as well as the method.    It is expected that this method will be published world-wide in the near future.  At this time this ground-breaking method of treating gum recession is only available at Dr. Chao’s office for selected patients.   Prospective patients are invited to call our office at 626-308-9104 for important information.

Gum Lift After

Gum Lift After

Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment – California

non surgical gum treatment caGum disease is fairly common, especially if the patient in concern does not make regular visits to the dentist. One of the most common forms of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque starts to build up in the gaps between the gum and the teeth. This buildup is called tartar, and although it may only be in small amounts, the bacteria the tartar carries can produce toxins to the body that cause the gums to inflame. If this form of gum disease is not addressed properly, the gaps between the teeth and the gums can become larger.

This is something you really want to avoid because if the tartar buildup is too great it can eventually lead to tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Regular cleanings can help you avoid this situation, but we can also help you if your gum disease is more advanced. We have a number of different non-surgical methods. As with all of our procedures, these procedures are extremely comfortable. You do not have to fear having to decide between losing your teeth or undergoing painful surgery.

Pinhole Surgical Technique™: Breakthrough Invention In Plastic Gum Surgery

Posted June 20th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Recession, Gum Recession Treatment, Gum Treatment

Pinhole Surgical Technique™: Breakthrough Invention In Plastic Gum Surgery – Dr. John Chao – Alhambra, California.

A revolutionary suture-free plastic surgery technique for correcting receded gum line called the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST)™, invented by Dr. John Chao, has been accepted for world-wide publication by the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, one of most prestigious journals in the field of dentistry. It’s called “Pinhole Surgical Technique” ™ because through a 0.1 inch “pinhole” incision a properly trained dentist, phentermine using specially designed instruments (pending patent), can bring the gum line to its normal position. Without the need for needles and suturing, the surgeon using the PST™ can stabilize the normalized gum line with special collagen material. The in press article cites statistics that show the Pinhole Surgical Technique was effective over 90%of the time. Post-operative symptoms were minimal, with patients using only 1 or 2 non-prescription pain pills on the average.

Over 95% of the patients reported complete satisfaction with the results within one week.

Gum Treatment Reduces Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis

“After gum treatment my arthritis pain is at least 65% better.” Mary, age 36, has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for five years. She has been suffering particularly from pain and swelling in the joints of the wrists, hands and toes. Because of the severity of the symptoms, her rheumatologist insisted that she see the dentist for treatment for noticeable oral infections. Her rheumatologist told her that removing sources of infection from the oral cavity may very well lessen the severity of her condition. Having been a reader of this column for many years, she chose to come to this Instant Knockout office for treatment. Of course she was thrilled that pain had subsided by so much after uneventful non-surgical gum treatment. Mary also said that she felt more energetic and definitely more enthusiastic about life. Even her complexion cleared up. Although we cannot predict the exact effect of gum treatment in every case involving rheumatoid arthritis, Mary’s experience is not uncommon in my practice. We have seen many cases just like Mary’s. In fact this association between rheumatoid arthritis and gum treatment has been reported in the various medical and dental journals for at least the past ten years.

One of the most recent research studies on this subject was published in the June, 2009, issue of the Journal of Peridontology titled, “Periodontal Therapy Reduces the Severity of Active Rheumatoid Arthritis in Patients Treated With or Without Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors.” This study is a collaborative project between the Division of Rheumatology, University Hospital Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and the Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry of Case Western Reserve University. This study involved forty rheumatoid arthritis patients who also had been diagnosed for moderate or severe gum disease. Twenty received non-surgical gum treatment and the other twenty received no gum treatment. Six weeks of objective observation by rheumatologists and blood tests were done. Based on the results, the authors of this study concluded that “non-surgical therapy had a beneficial effect on signs and symptoms of RA (rheumatoid arthritis)…”

How are these two disorders related? According to the summary of the literature, as reported in this article, rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis (gum disease) share some common characteristics. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease wherein the autoimmune system attacks the hard and soft tissue of the joints. Periodontitis is a bacterially incited inflammatory disease wherein the autoimmune system attacks and hard (bony) and soft (gum) tissue around the teeth. Bacteria that cause gum disease have been found in the joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been shown to have more antibodies against bacteria that cause gum disease that those patients without rheumatoid arthritis. Artificially induced rheumatoid arthritis has been associated with development of gum disease in some laboratory experiments.

Thus it came as no surprise that another study showed that patients with rheumatoid arthritis may have a higher risk for gum disease (periodontitis). For example, in an article published in January, 2008, in the Journal of Rheumatoid Arthritis, called ”Association of periodontal disease and tooth loss with rheumatoid arthritis in the US population,” it was concluded that “RA (rheumatoid arthritis) may be associated with tooth loss and periodontitis.” This study involved 4461 patients.

Hence it appears that studies reported in both medical and dental journals acknowledge the association between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis. Although there is no scientific basis to definitively conclude that there is a “causal” relationship as yet, there is no downside risk in having one’s gum disease treated, no matter whether you have rheumatoid arthritis or not. Furthermore there is no dispute that removing infection from the gums and the mouth will not only save teeth, but also certainly improve one’s general health. In conclusion, for the rheumatoid arthritis patient who has gum disease and everybody else, only good can come out of seeing the dentist. So see your dentist regularly. You can’t lose.

Improper Brushing Can Cause Gum Recession

Posted June 9th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Recession

Over-brushing your teeth can occur with overly vigorous brushing, as you know.  However what is not well-known is that gum recession can also occur by using a hard toothbrush, abrasive toothpaste or not being careful with the electric tooth brush.  If you already have gum recession, use a softer tooth brush with non-abrasive toothpaste.  Before you have the opportunity to consult with a professional, you may use the “roll technique,” which calls for gently rolling the tooth brush from the gum to the teeth.  Don’t use the electric tooth brush as if you are brushing with a hand-held tooth brush.  You may be double brushing your teeth and gum and thereby cause “electric toothbrush abrasion.”  Hold the electric tooth brush gently against the surface you desire to clean.  Use the lightest pressure possible on the handle.  Don’t move the brush buy up and down or back and forth.  Slowly and gently move the electric toothbrush from place to place.  The electric tooth brush is already cleaning your teeth.  Putting more pressure on the handle will only produce damage to the roots and the gums.   Doubling the “pressure” does not double the fun!  Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions.  See your dentist or hygienist for clarification, if any questions arise.

Gum Recession from Periodontitis – Treatment in California

gum lift caThe condition that most often underlies most gum recession problems is periodontitis, a genetic inflammatory disease condition associated infection caused by certain kinds of oral bacteria (periodontal pathogens). An aberration or glitch in the immune system leads to destruction of the connective tissue (gums and bone) supporting the teeth by one’s own inflammatory process. White blood cells, instead of aiding the immune system to destroy infection-causing bacteria, undergo a process that results in the destruction of bone and gums. This process affects the gum line and causes the gums to recede. When the gums recede, the roots of the teeth are exposed. When the protective surface of the roots, called cementum, is worn away by over-brushing or decay, the teeth will become hypersensitive to cold and touch.

What can be done to restore the gum line to its normal position? First of all, the possible causes of gum recession must be dealt with. Proper brushing habits must be taught and learned. Bite guards should be worn consistently, if clenching and grinding is habitual. Periodontitis must be treated and then controlled by good home care followed by regular dental maintenance visits as prescribed.

Secondly, a “root coverage” procedure can be considered. There are a variety of surgical procedures to restore the gum line to its original position. The “gold standard” is the “connective tissue graft.” This method incorporates two separate procedures. First, a thin piece of tissue is removed or “harvested” from the palate. Since this tissue comes from the patient, it is called an “autogenous” graft. The second part of this method requires a surgical procedure that makes a tissue flap. A flap is made by an incision extending from the recession site the adjacent teeth. Then the gums are “elevated” or peeled away from the underlying gum or bone. This filleting effect allows for a “pouch” in the gum into which the graft tissue is placed and stitched or sutured into place.