Dr. Leopold Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in San Luis Obispo, 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. Our office is located near Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Atascadero, Cambria and Arroyo Grande, CA.
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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. Mark Leopold
San Luis Obispo Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist
Dr. Mark Leopold has been practicing general dentistry in San Luis Obispo with his partner (and brother-in-law) Nicholas Murphy, DDS, since 1977. After serving a tour in Vietnam, he attended Cuesta College and Cal Poly. He received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of The Pacific in San Francisco. He continues to strengthen his skills by attending educational courses on a regular basis. He and his son Dr. Ian Leopold completed a 1-year Fellowship Program in Implant Dentistry with the California Implant Institute.
Dr. Leopold also has advanced training in:
- Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)
- Biolase Advanced Laser Periodontal Surgical Techniques
- Temporal Mandibular Dysfunctions from Dr. Charles McNeil at UCSF
- Advanced cosmetic and full mouth re-habilitation with Pac-Live, University of The Pacific School of Dentistry
- Advanced courses in occlusion with Dr. John Kois
- Advanced training in implant restoration with Nobel Biocare Implant Systems
He holds membership in the local, state and national dental associations along with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. Leopold and his wife, Christine, live in Avila Valley.
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