Pinhole Surgical Technique™ - Fort Lauderdale, FL

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  • Corrects receding gums caused by gum disease and other factors
  • No incisions or sutures are required
  • Significantly less inflammation and minimal discomfort
  • Possible to treat multiple areas in one visit
  • Quick healing time and immediate results

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Eliminate Gum Recession: Dr. Mark McCawley Explains the Benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique


We have good news for patients seeking treatment for receding gums in the Fort Lauderdale, FL region: The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™). This is a new gum surgery with Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley that is easy to perform and minimally painful compared with traditional grafting gum. In addition, both Dr.s Tom and Mark McCawley have been selected to partake in Dr. Chaos multi location study!

Management of gingival recession defects, a common periodontal condition, using root coverage procedures is an important aspect of periodontal regenerative therapy.
Tissue recession is associated with thermal and tactile sensitivity, esthetic complaints, and a tendency toward root caries.
When adequate tissue and bone are present interproximally, our preferred approach is the Chao Pinhole Technique. We were among the first to offer this breakthrough procedure and teach at the Chao Pinhole Academy in California.
This technique offers many advantages:
1. Multiple teeth can be treated at one visit
2. No painful secondary wound on the palate
3. No scalpels and few sutures
4. Minimal post-operative pain
See below for many before and after possibilities.

Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but periodontal disease is the leading cause. When bacteria invade the gums and bone that support the teeth, these structures will recede and deteriorate. The tooth roots become more visible and the smile takes on a new appearance. Gaps, spaces, abnormally large teeth, and other imperfections can make the smile look less attractive.

Recession is also a health concern because without healthy gum tissue, teeth are in danger of further oral health problems. Treatment will arrest the infection and stop further recession. However, even certain gum disease treatments, such as traditional gum surgery, can cause some recession. Orthodontic procedures may also affect the gums, along with medications, genetics, hormonal changes, and brushing incorrectly.

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What the inventor of the Pinhole Surgical Technique says about Drs. Mark and Tom McCawley

“Drs. Mark and Tom McCawley are very prominent and talented periodontists in Fort Lauderdale. They have taught in my seminar several times and are one of only 30 offices in the world that I have certified as Advanced Pinhole Surgeons.

They are extremely experienced in Pinhole Surgery and have done many procedures with beautiful results. The doctors are well known nationally on the Pinhole Technique and co-authored a study that they presented at the American Academy of Dental Research of 266 Pinhole Surgery sites that averaged 93% coverage at an average time of 17 months. They are the go-to office for this procedure in South Florida.

I want to thank the doctors for their contributions to this field and for all they have done for the Fort Lauderdale community.”

– Dr. John Chao

Pinhole Surgical Technique™ Fort Lauderdale, FL


The only way to replace lost gum tissue in the past was to have a grafting procedure, which meant taking tissue from another place in the mouth or from a donor and surgically attaching the sample to the gum tissues in need. Grafting procedures can be uncomfortable, the gums may take considerable time to heal, and the treatment often requires more than one office visit to complete. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley are some of the few periodontists in the Fort Lauderdale region to treat recession differently by utilizing PST™.

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