Medically Reviewed By Dr. Tina Beck

Most of my San Diego patients don’t think of their gums until they cause pain or discomfort. Other than chronic periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis, gum recession is one of the top reasons that patients come to my office.

When your gums recede, they expose the sensitive part of your tooth (root) to bacteria that can cause serious damage, even tooth loss, over time. Until recently, the primary way the gum line was restored was by removing tissue from the roof of your mouth to cover the exposed root. This procedure took a longer time to heal and was not very comfortable for patients.

Enter Dr. Chao and the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Dr. Chao found that by pulling down the gum tissue directly above the area of recession, we could treat gum recession in a way that:

  • Is minimally invasive.
  • Only has one surgical site, not two.
  • Caused the patient minimal discomfort.
  • Rapid healing

And while the Pinhole Surgical Technique is not traumatic or uncomfortable for patients, it also offers beautiful, lasting results.

Before and After Pinhole Technique 1

Actual patient of Dr. Beck’s

How Do You Perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

Patients who need treatment for gum recession will schedule an appointment at my San Diego office for a consultation. The procedure rarely takes more than an hour to perform and requires no more than local anesthesia to make you comfortable. The Pinhole Surgical Technique uses a small needle to create a tiny pinhole above the area of gum recession to loosen and move the gum tissue to restore your gum line.

The results are phenomenal, and my patients can return to work or other activities immediately after their procedure.

Do You Have Any Training in the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The short answer is yes. I was trained in the Pinhole Surgical Technique as part of my continuing education in new treatment options for my patients.

One of the benefits of being a periodontist is my familiarity with traditional gum grafting techniques in addition to the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This allows me to consider all treatment options for your unique situation and recommend the recommended treatment for your condition.

To find out if you are a good candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique, contact our San Diego office at (858) 635-6700 for a consultation.