Periodontics & Oral Surgery of Manhattan Beach
Dr. Caden Lim, DMD, MPH

Pinhole Surgical Technique


Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™


Manhattan Beach


Dr. Wood is so happy to be the first periodontist in the South Bay beach area to be trained in the technique invented and patented by Los Angeles dentist, Dr. John Chao.  She trained and graduated from Dr. Chao’s Academy and is using her already established surgical skills to apply this technique every day.  You may have seen Dr. John Chao on television.  Many TV stations have covered this amazing technique.  He has also been the guest on several local news and talk shows and will soon be sharing his ideas on national television.


During the 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.  Tiny collagen strips are tucked into the pinhole and placed under the gum to stabilize the new position.  There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Pinhole Surgical Technique™. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.


       The Results:             A breakthrough treatment for gum recession

                                    Happy Patients

                                    No Incisions.  No sutures

                                    An alternative treatment to traditional grafting methods

                                    Predictable results

                                    Minimally invasive with maximum success

                                    Time saving, less visits – All teeth can be treated in 1 visit

                                    Effective and amazing

                                    Less discomfort for the patient after treatment

                                    Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting

                                    No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate

                                    Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results

                                    Patient and doctor satisfaction


Dr. Wood is well-known for her grafting abilities.  It is a dedicated subspecialty of her practice.  She treats many physicians and even more dentists.  Many patients come to the practice for grafting from out of the county, from out of state, and even from other countries to be treated by her.  She is thrilled to be providing this procedure now to patients on a routine basis.


Did you know that 50% of people between the ages of 18 to 64 have one or more sites of recession?  Most of our patients who are coming in for PST have put off their treatment for years.  No longer do you need to wait.  Come in and let’s discuss whether you are a candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique.







dr chao seen on abc"KNBC 4 with Dr. Bruce Hensel"


dr chao seen on abc"KABC Interview with Dr. Chao"


"Dr. Steve Show"


"Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™"





Caden Lim, DMD, MPH 
Periodontics and Oral Surgery of Manhattan Beach
500 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Suite 306
Manhattan Beach, CA  90266
310-545-7079   Email: