Pinhole Surgical Technique Boulder Colorado

Dr. Pearl Lai Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Boulder, Arvada and Lakewood, Colorado

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 one of our Colorado dental offices.

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Boulder: (303) 417-1644


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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 Dr. Pearl Lai

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Periodontist Colorado

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Dr. Pearl Lai is a Colorado native. She attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She the went on to practice general dentistry in the Denver-Metro area. During this time she discovered her passion for periodontics. She then moved to Minnesota and completed her periodontics residency at the Mayo Clinic. After completing her specialty training she returned home to Colorado to practice periodontics.

As a practicing periodontist Dr. Lai enjoys her relationships with her patients and her colleagues as much as the care she provides. When she is not involved in dentistry she enjoys reading, mountain biking, snowboarding, and keeping a marine reef tank.

Dr. Lai travels to various offices in order to provide periodontal services through out the Denver-Metro area and beyond.

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Boulder Dental Office


PeakView Dentistry
1200 28th St Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 417-1644


Arvada Dental Office


Advanced Dental Arts
8770 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
(303) 422-2020

Lakewood Dental Office


Mountain Peak Dentistry
7373 W Jefferson Ave Ste 204
Lakewood, CO 80235
(303) 988-7800


Lakewood Dental Office


Dentist Lakewood Colorado
7575 West 20th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 800-6889