Brad Dixon, DMD, MAGD Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Gainesville, 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 Brad Dixon, DMD, MAGD
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist Gainesville, GA
You've probably seen the initials DMD, FAGD, and MAGD but have you ever really thought about what they mean? Dr. Dixon has dedicated his working career to becoming a true Doctor of Dental Medicine and earning the distinction of Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (which requires an additional 1,100 hours of continuing education). Why? Because he believes that each patient deserves that level of expertise. He then went on to become a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Dixon knows Georgia and the people who live here – he is a native of Gainesville and has raised his own family in this area. He graduated from Oxford College, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Emory in 1980. The Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry granted his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 1984, and he moved directly into private practice.
Commitment to Education
But Dr. Dixon believes that education isn't "once and done." His commitment to continuing education includes the L. D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education (Continuums I-IV); a comprehensive series from Creating Restorative Excellence, Inc.; Anesthesia and Pain Control from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York; the Esthetic Dentistry Continuum from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry; Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry continuum in LANAP technique; the Georgia AGD MasterTrack course; attendance at BioRESEARCH Associates, Inc; BioPAK certification in Electrognathic Studies – and the list continues to grow.
Associations & Achievments
In addition to maintaining up to date skills, Dr. Dixon stays current with advances in dentistry through membership and active involvement in a number of professional organizations:
- Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics - Fellow (Dr. Dixon was the first Georgia dentist to earn this honor!)
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- American Dental Association
- Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
- Georgia Dental Association
- Good News Dental Clinic
- Hall County Dental Society
- Norcross Study Club 2002
- Northern District Dental Society
Dr. Dixon received the American Academy of Oral Medicine Certificate of Merit and Senior Clinic Honor Student award from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1984; and the American Cancer Society's Certificate of Merit in 1985. His FAGD followed in 1995, along with the post of President for the Hall County Dental Society that same year. He earned Fellowship in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics in 2006 and in the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry in 2008. He has held the distinction of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry since 2009.
Dr. Dixon's involvement in the Gainesville community doesn't end with his patients' teeth. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Gainesville Jaycees, and as a Trustee for Gainesville First United Methodist Church. He was also in the Gainesville Booster Club where he served as President. He is a former player and a lifetime football enthusiast, currently acting as unofficial photographer for the Gainesville High School Red Elephants.
When he is not at the office or taking continuing education, he pursues a love of animal husbandry raising cattle and is known as a local "cattle baron." Dr. Dixon is proud to live in Gainesville, and to serve the dental needs of this area. Contact Dr. Dixon today to learn more, or schedule an appointment!