Dr. Robin G. Hawley Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Lutz, Florida
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 Dr. Robin G. Hawley
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Lutz Florida
I feel proud to be a member of the dental profession. Not only am I challenged to solve each patient’s case with comfort and efficiency, but I also have the opportunity to build relationships with every patient I meet. Over the past 25 years, I’ve become a part of many people’s lives, and those personal interactions mean the world to me. I love providing encouragement when a patient is undergoing an extensive course of treatment, and praise when a patient has had a great checkup. I truly appreciate the gratitude expressed by so many patients when I’ve helped to change their lives.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science - San Diego State University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery - University of Southern California School of Dentistry
- General practice residency - Hillsborough County Dental Research Clinic, Tampa
- Invisalign® Certified Preferred Provider
In order to maintain and advance my education, I regularly participate in continuing education in Florida and across the country. Keeping up to date with current treatments and technology is essential to providing my patients with the highest possible quality of care.
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- West Coast District Dental Association
- OKU National Dental Honor Society
Outside the Office
I am originally from Redondo Beach, California, and have lived in Land O' Lakes for the past 25 years. My wonderful wife and partner, Dr. Debbie Hawley, and I have two daughters, Kelsey and Katie, and a dog named Jack. I am passionate about my family and raising my daughters to be thoughtful, kind people. In my free time, I enjoy water and snow skiing, auto racing, and flying.
Because I live and work in this community, I am committed to supporting the businesses and people who have been so supportive of us. As a practice, we happily sponsor and participate in many local events.
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21752 State Rd. 54
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