Dr. Claudio Levato Brings Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ To Chicago
11/25/2013

“This new treatment to reverse receding gums offers a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting with no cutting, no stitches and little to no downtime,” says Dr. Levato, who is among the first group of dental professionals trained in Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™.

Online PR News – 25-November-2013 – Chicago, Il – Chicago, IL - Dr. Claudio Levato is now performing a breakthrough treatment for receding gums. Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, invented and patented by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao takes just a few minutes per tooth and multiple teeth may be treated at the same time. The procedure is also known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™.

Gum recession is often caused by excessive tooth brushing, the normal aging process or by health problems. The standard treatment is gum grafting surgery, which requires a tissue graft to be cut from the roof of the mouth and sewn into place to cover the areas of recession.

Dr. Levato, of Comprehensive Dentistry in Bloomingdale, Il has been in practice for over 30 years. “Gum recession has always been a problem in dentistry, with varying degrees of successful treatments,” he says. “In the last decade we have made significant progress with regenerative grafting techniques that have provided better predictable outcomes, and now with the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ minimally invasive protocol, the better outcomes are combined with much less patient discomfort and shorter recovery period, just like we have seen in the medical laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgical techniques.”

“Many patients who are diagnosed with gum recession don't comply with their dentist’s recommendations to undergo gum grafting surgery because they wish to avoid invasive surgery and downtime,” says Dr. Levato. "But what if the dentist could simply guide receding gums back down into place through a tiny pinhole, with no cutting or stitches? That's now possible," he says.

How Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ is done:
The area of gum recession is numbed with a local anesthetic and depending on the number of recessions to be treated, one or two tiny entry points, about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen are made in the gum area near the tooth or teeth to be treated.
 
A small dental instrument is inserted into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and guide them back to a normal, healthy position. Then small collagen strips are placed through the entry point and positioned under the gums. The collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process. The entire treatment takes about 20 minutes to an hour or so, depending on the number of teeth treated. The small entry site quickly heals and is virtually undetectable the next day, with no downtime needed for healing. Some patients may experience mild swelling, which dissipates in a few days.

For more information on Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ visit www.comprehensivedentistry.com or call Comprehensive Dentistry at 630-994-5174.

A 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ was published in the October 2012, issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study were as successful as traditional gum grafting procedures which require cutting and sutures, while patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique™  reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and high satisfaction with a rapid transformation of the defective gum line. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32: 521-531.)

About Dr. Claudio Levato:
Dr. Claudio Levato has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years.  He will tell patients that the most important thing he has learned over those years is that when patients come to him, they are trusting him with something absolutely precious: their own smile.  He has dedicated himself to earning that confidence and rewarding it with consistently excellent results.

Dr Levato maintains a high standard of excellence by keeping abreast of the latest breakthroughs in dental care and technology.  He considers himself a perpetual student, continually pushing the envelope in his personal continuing education as well as his teaching and publishing.  He has lectured extensively at many major dental conferences and dental schools and is published in numerous national and international dental journals.

He is an active member in many professional organizations and has been selected as a Fellow in The American College of Dentists, The International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, The Odontographic Society of Chicago and The International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

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