Dentist in San Francisco, CA describes the benefits of the pinhole surgical technique

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, San Francisco, CA, patients have access to a dentist who provides a myriad of dental solutions for new and existing patients. Individuals in the area faced with conditions such as periodontal disease may have an uphill battle when it comes to treatment. With the right treatment plan, patients can bring their smile back to health, but the condition will always need monitoring. Once treated, patients can ask about treatments to address problems that may arise from periodontal disease, including gum recession. Dr. Leo Arellano is pleased to provide the pinhole surgical technique.

What is the pinhole surgical technique?

Dr. Leo Arellano describes the pinhole surgical technique as a minimally invasive method of treating gum recession that has occurred due to periodontal disease. Without cutting or sutures, patients can address gum recession in a way that cannot be done with traditional gum grafting. The pinhole surgical technique works by allowing the dentist to make a small pinhole in the gums, then use special instruments to pull the gum tissue over the exposed roots of teeth. Tissues are supported with collagen strips that keep the stretched tissue in their new position. These strips also assist in ensuring root coverage and an improved healing process.

What are the benefits of the pinhole surgical technique?

There are many advantages to undergoing gum recontouring using the pinhole surgical technique. This treatment:

  • Is faster than traditional gum grafting
  • Reduces recovery and healing time
  • Allows for less bleeding
  • Is less invasive than traditional gum grafting
  • Is highly advanced and provides optimum gum recontouring
  • Eliminates the need for sutures or stitches
  • Provides immediate visual results
  • Ensures a more natural-looking repair of the gum tissues
  • Eliminates the need for invasive surgical tools
  • Does not require donor tissue from the patient’s upper palate
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Who is a candidate for treatment using this method?

The best candidates for pinhole surgical technique are patients who have generally healthy gums except for the gum recession. Patients often opt for this procedure when compared to other options because it is less invasive and reduces surgical bleeding. Dr. Leo Arellano consults with patients who are interested in this procedure and examines them to determine if they are good candidates for this or other treatment options.

How much does it cost to undergo pinhole surgical technique for gum recession?

How much does it cost to undergo pinhole surgical technique for gum recession in San Francisco area

Many factors are figured into determining the cost of dental treatment. For example, the severity of gingival recession and the number of teeth involved in the treatment will significantly change the price of this gum procedure. Additionally, patients with dental insurance may be able to reduce the cost of treatment if they have coverage through their dental plan. When patients are being evaluated for this treatment, they are encouraged to bring their dental insurance card with them. This allows our front office team to contact the dental insurance company and determine if there are coverage options and benefits that can reduce or eliminate the cost of treatment.

How is the pinhole surgical technique different than traditional gum grafting?

There are many differences between the traditional method of gum grafting versus the pinhole surgical technique. In the standard procedure, patients will have two surgical wounds: one from the donor tissue area (typically the upper palate) and one from where the donor tissue is grafted to. This includes the reattachment of tissues with sutures. Additionally, the recovery time for traditional gum grafting may be for several weeks. However, with the pinhole surgical technique, patients have a less invasive procedure that does not involve open wounds. It is less invasive and provides immediate results. Typically, the days following the procedure, it can be difficult for others to notice that any work has been done! The results are fast, natural, and much less invasive than more traditional methods.

Learn more about the pinhole surgical technique for gum recession

If you have been evaluated by a dentist and told that gum recession has occurred and needs treatment, it is a great idea to start working with a dentist who offers the best quality treatment with the advanced pinhole surgical technique. Call Dr. Leo Arellano and his team in San Francisco, CA today to schedule your consultation at 3030 Geary Boulevard. The practice can be reached at 415-881-4343.

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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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