Dr. Daniel Ho Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Houston, Texas
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 Daniel K. Ho, DMD, DMSc, MSc
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Periodontist Houston, TX
Dr. Daniel Ho is a board-certified periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Ho received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from McGill University in Canada. He went on to specialize in periodontics and implant dentistry and received his Specialty Certificate in Periodontics and Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Ho has about 10 years of clinical experiences in periodontics and implant dentistry. He specializes in the treatment of gum disease and provides care in implant dentistry, laser gum surgery, esthetic gum grafting, and oral bone grafting.
Over the past years, Dr. Ho has written several textbook chapters in Clinical Maxillary Sinus Elevation Surgery, Clinical Cases in Periodontics and Clinical Cases in Implant Dentistry. He has been actively involved in clinical dental implant and periodontal research and has published many scientific studies in peer-reviewed dental journals. In addition, Dr. Ho has received many awards, including two prestigious awards given by Harvard School of Dental Medicine – Henry D. Epstein Award and Joseph L. Henry Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) research fellowship, Dr. Andre Charest Prize awarded by Quebec Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Sunstar GUM Award in Dentistry, and International College of Dentists Prize. He is a finalist in Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advance Implant Surgery offered by American Academy of Periodontology.
As a Clinical Assistant Professor in The Department of Periodontics at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, Dr. Ho has taught many dental students and specialty residents over the past years. He has given many lectures and supervised residents in their periodontal and dental implant surgeries. Moreover, Dr. Ho also provides continuing education courses to general dentists in the area of implant dentistry and periodontics. He is very passionate about his work and strives to respect, care and educate his patients in their periodontal and dental implant health.
Dr. Ho is happily married to his wife Rachel and has a daughter Mirabel. When he is not working, Dr. Ho enjoys acrylic painting, hiking, traveling and visiting ancient ruins in different parts of the world. He also likes photography!
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North Houston Periodontics & Dental Implants
13303 Champion Forest Dr. Building 3
Houston, Texas 77069
Phone: (281) 444-4704
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Spring Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
20423 Kuykendahl Rd. #600
Spring, TX 77379
Phone: (281) 376-2407