Dentist in San Francisco, CA describes the use of Chao Pinhole® surgical technique for treating gum recession

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients in San Francisco, CA and the surrounding areas who are interested in learning about the wide range of services available in the office are welcome to book a consultation visit. Patients in the area who have had gum recession caused by periodontal disease may want to learn about procedures such as gum grafting. However, thanks to continued advancements in dental technology and the extended training required, patients who visit Dr. Leo Arellano can learn about a different technique available with their dentist for the treatment of gum recession: Chao Pinhole® surgical technique.

The technique explained

Many patients are unaware of alternative treatments to gum grafting. Dr. Leo Arellano has had extensive training in providing solutions that can be less invasive than traditional treatments. The Chao Pinhole® surgical technique is a method of bringing down the gum tissues to cover the tooth structure This is often necessary not only for cosmetic reasons, but also to help protect the roots of the teeth that may be exposed after periodontal disease has affected the smile. Instead of using gum grafting, which requires the dentist to transfer tissues from the roof of the mouth or use donated tissues and suturing them onto the gums, this method requires a small hole that is used for pulling the gum tissue downward and over the tooth.

Benefits of Chao Pinhole® surgical technique

  • Less bleeding
  • Less invasive
  • No sutures
  • Faster recovery
  • Amazing results

Who is a candidate?

Patients who are interested in gum grafting may be educated by their dentist on the advantages of using Chao Pinhole® surgical technique instead. This procedure can be performed on patients once they have gotten their periodontal disease under control and should not be done if disease is still present. To determine if periodontal disease is present, patients must undergo an examination with Dr. Leo Arellano, which may include x-rays to monitor for other concerns, such as areas of decay that can affect a tooth treated with this procedure. Once the patient has been determined to be an appropriate candidate, the appointment for treatment can be made.

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What to expect during treatment with Dr. Leo Arellano

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Patients are welcome to ask questions about the treatment they will receive with our dental team. Patients will have proper anesthetics and sedation to ensure they are comfortable throughout the appointment. Then, the dentist uses specialized instruments to create the pinhole and move the gum tissue to cover the roots of the teeth. One of the benefits of Chao Pinhole® surgical technique is the ability for the dentist to provide treatment for numerous teeth in one appointment.

Schedule an appointment to learn about this amazing gum grafting alternative

Dr. Leo Arellano and his professionals in San Francisco, CA are available to assist patients in addressing many dental health needs with great care. Patients can call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment with the front office team at 3030 Geary Boulevard and find out if they are appropriate candidates for this or other alternatives such as traditional gum grafting.


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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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