Dr. Steven Liu Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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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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 Steven Liu, DDS, DMD
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Periodontist Berwyn, PA
Dr. Steven Liu received his dental degree (DDS) from Kaohsiung Medical University in 1993. After graduation, he earned his DMD from University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Liu pursued two post-doctoral certificates in Periodontics, Periodontal Prosthetics and Fixed Prosthodontics, as well as Implant Surgical and Prosthetic training. He was an assistant professor/clinical educator of Restorative Dentistry in the department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences and the director of the Implant Dentistry Course at University of Pennsylvania and the Chair of instrument committee. Now, he is the Course Director of Aesthetic Restoration and Implant Dentistry in the academic department at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the founder of Main Line Dental Implant Center.
His papers have been published in Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Quintessence International. He is now considered a frequently requested speaker on the local and international scenes. Dr. Liu’s clinical research activities focus on periodontal prosthesis concepts and implant dentistry, including aesthetic and anatomy concerns for implant surgery and prosthesis. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of Osseointegration.
- American Top Dentist in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry (2005–2012)
- American Top Dentist in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry (2005–2009
- Joseph L.T. Appleton Award (Dental Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards) University of Pennsylvania (2004)
- Joseph L.T. Appleton Award (Dental Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards) University of Pennsylvania (2002)
- Joseph L.T. Appleton Award (Dental Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards) University of Pennsylvania (2001)
- Award of Leadership, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan (1993)
- Dental Degree (DDS) from Kaohsiung Medical University
- DMD from University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine
- Doctoral Certificates in Periodontics, Periodontal Prosthetics and Fixed Prosthodontics
- Dental Implant Surgical and Prosthetic Training
- Assistant Professor/Clinical Educator of Restorative Dentistry in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences
- Chair of Instrument Committee Course at University of Pennsylvania
- Course Director of Aesthetic Restoration and Implant Dentistry in the Academic Department at the University of Pennsylvania
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