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Dentist in the San Francisco, CA community explains the process of pinhole surgical technique

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients in the area of San Francisco, CA have a variety of treatment options to choose from to enhance their smiles.

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients in the area of San Francisco, CA have a variety of treatment options to choose from to enhance their smiles. Patients who have gum recession may be worried about traditional gum grafting procedures available in local dental practices. Instead, patients can work with our team to discuss the advantages of solutions such as the pinhole surgical technique, an advanced method of restoring the gum line in a less invasive manner

The pinhole surgical technique explained

Many patients are confused when they hear about the pinhole surgical technique for repairing the gum line. When gum recession occurs, it can result in the exposure of the roots, putting them at risk for cavities, root sensitivities, bone loss around teeth, and periodontal (gum) disease. Using the pinhole surgical technique, patients will experience faster and more comfortable healing times. The pinhole technique requires the dentist to create a very small hole in the gums and use special instruments to loosen and move the gum tissues to where they need to be. This treatment greatly reduces bleeding, inflammation, and healing for patients, making it a more desirable solution when compared to traditional gum grafting.

Why pinhole surgical technique?

This procedure:

  • Provides faster healing
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces bleeding
  • Does not require a scalpel incision
  • Does not require gum tissues for grafting
  • Does not require sutures
  • Is done using only local anesthetics for comfort
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When might a patient need pinhole surgery?

The primary reason a patient may consider this treatment is due to gum recession. Gum recession can be a genetic concern or may be caused by periodontal disease. Both can contribute to the gum tissue shrinking and receding from the teeth. When this happens, it exposes the roots of the teeth and can also affect the appearance of the smile. By bringing the gum line back, it is protecting the natural tooth structure and also making the smile more aesthetically pleasing. It can be a way of repairing damage done by later stages of periodontal disease. Another reason why a patient may consider this treatment is if they have a gum line that is uneven. This can cause a crooked line across the top of the teeth and can be a displeasing look. Dentists can use this procedure to pull the gum tissue into better alignment for a more beautiful smile.

Who is a candidate?

Any patient with the above concerns regarding their smile may be a proper candidate for procedures such as this. Patients can discuss the pros and cons of traditional gum grafting versus the use of the pinhole surgical technique.

How long does the procedure take?

pinhole surgical technique with Dr. Leo Arellano!

The entire procedure from start to finish is completed right in the dental chair with Dr. Leo Arellano in just a single appointment. Patients can ask about sedative and local anesthetics to ensure their comfort throughout the procedure and to make sure they are not nervous about their upcoming surgical treatment. The dentist will walk patients through the entire process, so they are at ease with the treatment. Patients who are seeking treatment for cosmetic purposes may also consider the benefits of adding other procedures during the same time for a complete transformation of the smile, including professional teeth whitening, composite resin bonding, porcelain veneers, and more!

Learn more about the pinhole surgical technique with Dr. Leo Arellano!

Patients in the area of San Francisco, CA are welcome to book a consultation visit with Dr. Leo Arellano to learn more about cosmetic and restorative procedures used to address problems such as gum recession. He welcomes new patients into his state-of-the-art dental office to achieve outstanding results. His practice is located at 3030 Geary Boulevard and can be reached by phone by calling 415-881-4343. Whether you are seeking general dentistry or restorative care, our team is here for you!


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