San Francisco, CA surgical dentist describes the Pinhole® gum surgery technique
When patients have had conditions such as periodontal disease, they may notice that their gums have receded. This can cause the natural teeth to have more exposed surfaces which can increase sensitivity and impact the appearance of the smile. In situations such as this, Dr. Leo Arellano of San Francisco, CA may recommend treating gingival recession with pinhole gum surgery. This surgical procedure is a cost-effective and reliable way of restoring the gum tissue over the teeth for function, health, and aesthetics.
What is gingival recession?
A condition called gingival recession is known for the receding of the natural gum line. It is a common complaint of patients, especially those who have experienced gum tissue deterioration or conditions such as periodontal disease. Others may experience it due to genetics, which can leave patients at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Whatever the reason, it can cause unwanted sensitivity of the exposed tooth and impact the appearance of the smile.
How does the Pinhole® gum surgery work?
Instead of more traditional methods of restoring gum tissue, such as gum grafting, Dr. Leo Arellano chooses to perform a more modern solution through Pinhole® gum surgery. Instead of grafting gum tissue where needed, a small hole is made in the upper part of the gums. A unique surgical instrument is then used to pull the gum tissues and reposition them along the gumline for a more aesthetic, natural appearance.
What are the benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique®?
Patients will enjoy:
- Less bleeding
- Shorter healing times
- Natural results
- Improved comfort
- No stitches/sutures
Who is a candidate for Pinhole® gum surgery?
The best candidates for this procedure are patients who have gum recession that impacts their smile enough to consider grafting techniques. Our team will evaluate a patient to decide if they would benefit from this or other restorative solutions available at our practice.
Learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique®
Patients with gingival recession will want to work with an experienced dental professional to achieve the best possible results. With the Pinhole Surgical Technique®, patients can improve their smile while reducing recovery time. Call 415-881-4343 for an appointment today.