Dr. Denine Rice Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Riverside, California
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.
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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 Denine T. Rice, D.D.S., M.S.
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Periodontist Riverside, CA
An Implant & Periodontal Specialist, Dr. Rice is committed to patient comfort. "For many the idea of periodontal or implant surgery is frightening. We understand that. For some, anxiety is created by the idea of 'being put to sleep' for a procedure. For others, it might be the difficulty of finding a ride home or being unable to return to work that makes the idea of sedation a problem. We have found the vast majority of patients are able to do amazingly well in our office without that type of sedation, and still have solutions for those who choose otherwise."
Dr. Rice has lived in the Inland Empire since 1985. She completed her Masters in Periodontics in 2002 and has been caring for patients in the Inland Empire ever since. She and her team of professionals take pride in assisting patients with their dental needs in a warm and caring environment using the latest technology.
- Graduate of UC, Riverside
- Loma Linda School of Dentistry
- Member of the ADA
- California Dental Association
- Tri-County Dental Society
- The American Academy of Periodontology
And in her free time: Weekends and evenings she spends her time with her husband and three sons. She enjoys yoga, snow skiing, biking, and hiking.