Dr. John Vollenweider Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in LaGrange, Georgia
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 John Vollenweider, DMD
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist LaGrange Georgia
Dr. Vollenweider has been delivering quality dental care in LaGrange since 1978. He received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he graduated with honors.
Dr. Vollenweider is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of General Dentistry. He maintains memberships with such professional organizations as the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association (Honorable Fellow), the West Georgia Dental Study Club, the Georgia Academy of Dental Practice, the Society for the Preservation of Oral Health, one of the nation's oldest dental study clubs, as well as the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and he is a participating member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Vollenweider has also been honored to serve as the President of the Georgia Board of Dentistry.
Dr. Vollenweider accepted a position as a clinical/adjunct faculty member with the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, specifically working with the General Practice Residency Program at the Georgia Health Sciences University, College of Dental Medicine; formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dental Medicine; from which he graduated.
To give back to the community, Dr. Vollenweider participates in the Give Back a Smile program of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where he donates his services to restoring the smiles of victims of domestic violence.
He has been a Gold Sponsor for Youth Athletic Activities for the Troup County Parks and Recreation as well as a Benjamin Harvey Hill Society Donor for the United Way for many years. Dr. Vollenweider is also a Platinum Sponsor for the HOPE for a Day annual walk for a cure for Breast Cancer and Research.
During their leisure time, he and his wife, Kathy, enjoy traveling, photography, tailgating Auburn’s football games, spending quality time with family and friends as well as riding their Harley.
Professional Achievements and Memberships
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Medical College of Georgia (graduated with honors)
- Appointed Clinical/Adjunct Faculty: Department of Oral Rehabilitation, General Practice Residency, Georgia Health Sciences University, College of Dental Medicine
- American College of Dentists – Fellow
- Pierre Fauchard Academy – Fellow
- Academy of General Dentistry – Fellow
- Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation – Member
- American Dental Association– Member
- Georgia Dental Association (Honorable Fellow)
- West Georgia Dental Study Club– Member
- Georgia Academy of Dental Practice– Member
- Society for the Preservation of Oral Health– Past President
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry– Member
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry– Participating Member
- Georgia Board of Dentistry– Former Member/Past President
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