Dr. Lark Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Toledo, OH
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 Matthew R. Lark DDS, MAGD, FICD, FACD
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Toledo, Ohio
Dr. Matthew Lark is a 1981 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Dentistry and has practiced general dentistry in Toledo, Ohio for the past 30 years with an emphasis on Temporomandibular Disorders, Orofacial Pain and Implantology.
Dr Lark's Qualifications Include:
- Fellow and Past- President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- Past- President of the Toledo Dental Society, a division of the American Dental Association
- Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Department of Dentistry
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain in 1994
- Master of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Master in the Academy of General Dentistry
- Clinical Instructor at the Kois Center in Seattle , Washington
- Associate Instructor at the Ickert Teaching Centre for Implantology, Langely, British Columbia www.ickertteachingcentre.com
- Numerous Publications in Dental Journals and Professional Speaking Engagments at State , Local, and National Dental Scientific Meetings
- Fellowship in the American and International College of Dentists
- Director of American Equilbration Society
He and his wife of 28 years, Brigid Murphy- Lark, reside in Sylvania, Ohio and have two daughters who are graduates of The Ohio State University and The University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Lark was honored by his peers with the Dr. Earnest Bach award for outstanding contributions to Dentistry and Service to the Community. The award was established in 1966 to honor Dr. Earnest Bach, who was a leader in Dentistry from the Toledo Dental Society. Dr. Lark, a past president of the Toledo Dental Society, is the 20th Toledo Dentist to receive this prestigious award.
Dr. Lark has accomplished advanced certification as a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry,( MAGD,) an award coveted and revered by all General dentists. http://www.agd.org/education/magd/about/
Dr. Lark earned his Board Certification in the American Board of Orofacial Pain in 1994 http://www.abop.net/ and is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and has been elected President of this prestigious organization for 2009. http://www.aaop.org/. The American Board of Orofacial Pain is NOT a recognized specialty by the American Dental Association or the Ohio State Dental Board, however The Committee on Dental Accreditation is currently in the process of certifying orofacial pain graduate programs through the ADA which is stages of the process to develop certification as a recognized specialty.
Dr. Lark was bestowed with a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists http://acd.org/ and the International College of Dentists http://www.icd.org/.
Dr. Lark has earned his Implant Surgery Certificate from Temple University and the Misch Implant Institute and has been awarded Fellowship status in the International congress of Oral Implantology. http://www.icoi.org/
Dr. Lark is a Clinical Instructor at the prestigious Kois Center for Advanced Dental Education in Seattle, Washington. The Kois Center is a didactic and clinical program with the latest advances in esthetics, implant, and restorative dentistry. http://www.Koiscenter.com
Dr. Lark is an Associate Instructor at the Ickert Teaching Centre in Langely, British Columbia. The Ickert Centre teaches Predictable Solutions to Implant and Restorative Dentistry to Dentists from around the World.
Dr. Lark is an avid golfer, an amateur rock guitarist, enjoys long distance bicycle riding, is a film and art enthiusiast, and is a WWI and WWII history buff. He has a keen interest in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and has incorporated this genre into the design of the facility, seen below.
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