Pinhole Surgical Technique

Dr. Friedman 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 Greg Friedman, DMD

San Diego Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist

Dr. Friedman

After entering private practice in 1990 in Pacific Beach, Dr. Friedman moved his practice and his family to Scripps Ranch. Dr. Friedman and his team will always offer the latest in state-of-the art dental technology and procedures attending dental continuing education to stay abreast of the changing world of dentistry. Their focus on customer service goes way beyond the dental suites with massaging chairs, warm neck pillows, and Bose cancellation headsets. Dr. Friedman and his team take the time to get to know each and every patient. Many patients have not been to the dentist in several years. Visiting with each patient and understanding their wants, needs, anxieties, and any possible hurdles, helps Dr. Friedman and his team develop an ideal treatment plan for that particular patient.

Born and raised in San Diego, Dr. Friedman attended Serra High School and San Diego State University (Go Aztecs). In 1989, he completed his lifelong dream of becoming a dentist at Washington University's School of Dental Medicine. He followed his degree with a one-year General Practice residency at the world-renowned Barnes Medical Center in St. Louis.

Dr. Friedman is currently involved in the accreditation program with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The AACD is the leading cosmetic dental association in the world and provides cutting-edge continuing education for dentists focused on cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Friedman is also involved in the American Academy of Functional Orthodontists and is an advocate of early orthodontic intervention to improve growth development.

Dr. Friedman has three boys – Brandon, Brent, and Blake. Dr. Friedman is married to his wife Jessica, and stay busy with their "boys Brady Bunch" with 5 boys between them. Dr. Friedman is very involved in the Scripps Ranch Community. He was the varsity roller hockey coach for Scripps Ranch High for nine years and now coaches Marshall Middle School Falcons roller hockey team. Dr. Friedman is a member and supports the Scripps Ranch Parents-Teachers Association. Both Dr. Friedman and Jessica are also members and support the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. When not in the office, the Friedmans are riding motorcycles in the desert or attending a hockey game.

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