Ft. Lauderdale Periodontist Dr. Mark McCawley Shows Pinhole Receding Gums Treatment On TV

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In a story airing on Fox 7 News Miami Dr. Mark McCawley uses the Pinhole Surgical Technique® to treat a 30 year-old woman’s receding gums in less than an hour with no scalpels or sutures. "I believe that the Pinhole gum treatment offers the best alternative to conventional gum grafting for most patients,” says Dr. McCawley.

Ft. Lauderdale's Dr. Mark McCawley describes Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation on Fox 7 News

Ft. Lauderdale's Dr. Mark McCawley describes Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation on Fox 7 News

The Pinhole™ gum treatment offers the best alternative to conventional gum grafting.

In a story airing on Fox 7 News Miami Dr. Mark McCawley uses the Pinhole Surgical Technique® to treat a 30 year-old woman’s receding gums in less than an hour with no scalpels or sutures. "I believe that the Pinhole gum treatment offers the best alternative to conventional gum grafting for most patients,” says Dr. McCawley.

“Most people think receding gums are an ‘older’ person’s problem, however anyone at any age can be affected by gum recession,” says Dr. Mark McCawley of the McCawley Center For Laser Periodontics and Implants in Ft. Lauderdale. “When my 30 year-old patient, ‘Fernanda’ noticed her gums beginning to recede I determined that she would be be an excellent candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique®, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™. Fernanda’s treatment was taped by Fox 7 News Miami, and the entire procedure took under an hour. The story, “The Lunchtime Gum Lift” aired on October 19, 2015. Dr. John Chao, inventor of the Pinhole Surgical Technique® appears in the Fox 7 story with Dr. McCawley and says that to date, he has personally trained nearly 1,000 doctors from around the world in the minimally invasive treatment for receding gums, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™.

“Fernanda's receding gums were brought into proper position without using scalpels or sutures,” says Dr. McCawley. “Instead, a few small pinholes, about the size of a ballpoint pen tip were made in her gums near the areas of recession. Using a specially designed small dental instrument, Fernanda’s gums were brought down to improve root coverage in a process taking just minutes per tooth. Small strips of collagen were placed to help stabilize the gums, and the procedure was done. The pinholes heal and disappear quickly, often overnight.”

“Receding gums are unattractive and can lead to tooth sensitivity and even eventual tooth loss,” says Dr. McCawley. “Causes include improper tooth brushing, the aging process and gum disease. In some cases, gum recession may develop after wearing braces.”

"The percentage of patients who actually undergo recommended gum grafting surgery is relatively low,” says Dr. McCawley. “That’s because many people perceive gum grafting to be a painful and invasive procedure which requires considerable downtime. Patients love the Pinhole Surgical Technique and they are more likely to accept needed treatment, especially since most patients report little or no pain and usually require no downtime after the procedure. Most of our patients can return to normal activities almost immediately.”

Fernanda, who is a student says that she first noticed that the root of one of her teeth was showing and the gum was continuing to recede. “If I smiled you could really see it,” she says. “I had gum recession on one side and I didn’t like the way it looked. I became more worried as my gum line moved higher. It looks good now, and healed very fast after the Pinhole treatment.”

For more information on the Pinhole Surgical Technique call the McCawley Center For Laser Periodontics and Implants in Fort Lauderdale at 954-522-3228 and visit http://www.mccawley.com

Dr. Mark McCawley is a lifelong resident of Fort Lauderdale, attending Harbordale Elementary and Pine Crest School where he was Captain of the cross country team. He graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University. He received his D.M.D. degree from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine and also a Masters of Science, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study after a three year residency in periodontology and implants from Nova.

Dr. McCawley is trained and certified in the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a minimally invasive treatment for gingival recession. He is also trained in the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure and has two published research studies on LANAP. He has lectured on this research to the American Academy of Dental Research and to the North American Society of Periodontists.

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