Dr. Helyne Hamelburg Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Salem, Massachusetts
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.
Dr. Helyne has been certified and trained specifically in the Pinhole® Surgical Technique and is successfully treating patients. To learn more about the Pinhole® 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 Dr. Helyne Hamelburg
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Periodontist Salem, MA
Dr. Helyne Hamelburg began practicing dentistry in 1993. After receiving her B.A. in biochemistry in 1987 from Brandeis University she studied at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where she graduated in 1991. She received her postdoctoral training in the field of Periodontology at Boston University, graduating in 1993. She then worked in private practice for 8 years before joining her husband at Paradise Dental Associates in 2001.
During her 4 years at Tufts, she was a member of the dental fraternity, Alpha Omega. She served on the Board of Directors during her senior year. Upon graduating, she was also inducted into the dental honor society, OKU. This is a very privileged and prestigious organization awarded to only the top students of a given class.
Dr. Hamelburg also gives much of her time giving back to our community. She is a past member of the boards of directors at Congregation Shirat Hayam and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. She has helped run fund raising events for those organizations as well as Tower School and the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore. She currently is the Chairwoman of the North Shore District Dental Society. Her one year term is the culmination of eight years of volunteer service on the board.
Dr. Hamelburg is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Massachusetts Dental Society, Massachusetts Periodontal Society and the American Association of Women Dentists.
Dr. Hamelburg is passionate about health and wellness. She spends much of her free time exercising and exploring ways for her and her family to eat better and lead a healthier lifestyle.
The Drs. Hamelburg spend their free time together with their two children, Alexa and Jake. Alexa is recent Graduate of the University of Hartford where she earned a Bachelors degree in elementary and special education. She is embarking on her career in the special education department of the Riverside Elementary School in Danvers. Jake is currently studying biology, attending Badger home games, and living the life of a college student at the University of Wisconsin.
As a family the Hamelburgs enjoy skiing at Sunday River in Maine. They also love to travel and enjoy spending as much time as possible with family and friends.