Dr. Levine Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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 Fort Lauderdale 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 Kenneth Levine, D.D.S.
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Fort Lauderdale
Dr. Kenneth Levine moved to Florida from New York and has been practicing Periodontics in Florida since 1973. He has been involved in placing dental implants since 1985. We have been in our same location in Ft. Lauderdale since 1976. Dr. Levine is a former faculty member of the dental schools at the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University. He is the former chairperson of the Periodontics section of the dental assisting program at Broward College and the University of Florida Clinic for Graduate Dentistry. Dr. Levine was an instructor at the University of Florida Dental Clinic, teaching dental implant procedures to graduate dentists.
Dr. Levine attended dental school at the University of Maryland. His specialty training in Periodontics was at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Misch Implant Institute and Chen Laser Institute. Dr. Levine is a member of local, national and international dental, periodontal and implant organizations. His office is a biennial provider for continuing education of dentists in the State of Florida. Dr. Levine is presently a lecturer and clinical instructor of Periodontics and Dental Implants. In 2004, Dr. Levine was awarded a credentialed membership in the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. He was a faculty member of the Nash Institute for Dental Learning in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Levine is married to Linda. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Their family has now grown to fifteen! They enjoy golf, travel and visiting with their children and grandchildren.
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