David Leonoff, DDS, PC Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Riverhead, New York
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 David R. Leonoff, DDS, PC
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Periodontist Riverhead, NY
Dr. Leonoff is a native of Long Island. He was raised in Roslyn. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology.
From 1990 to 1994, Dr. Leonoff attended SUNY@ Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine where he received his DDS degree. He received numerous awards including the Crest Award for Excellence in Preventive Dentistry for the Elderly and the American Academy of Periodontology Student Award for Excellence in Periodontics.
Upon graduation from dental school, he stayed at Stony Brook to get his periodontal training in the Advanced Education in Periodontics Program. The three year program ended in 1997 and he began his private practice specializing in periodontics.
During his residency in periodontics, Dr. Leonoff also participated in helping the investigation of the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996. For his efforts, he received certificates of thanks from then County Executive, Robert Gaffney, and from the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook.
Dr. Leonoff is trained and licensed to perform LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) for the treatment of periodontitis. This course was given by world famous periodontist Dr. Ray Yukna and the staff of Millenium Dental Technologies, including Dr. Robert Gregg and Dr. Dawn Gregg. The training was performed at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in Denver, CO and in Cerritos, CA. Dr. Leonoff was the second periodontist on all of Long Island that was trained and licensed to perform LANAP.
Currently Dr. Leonoff is a member of various institutions including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Dental Society of the State of New York, the Suffolk County Dental Society and the New York State PBA Police Surgeons Group.
Dr. Leonoff is married and has two children. He is a very active car enthusiast and is past President and Concours Chairman of the Metro NY Region of the Porsche Club of America. He and his wife, Julie, now serve as Editors for the Porsche Post Magazine. See it at www.metronypca.org.