If you’re an American aged 30 or over, there’s a one in two chance that you have gum recession. When you reach 65 years or older, your risk goes up to 70%. The problems associated with gum recession range from mild to severe and can include:
Cosmetic concerns: Visible tooth root that is darker than the rest of your tooth.
Sensitivity to sweet, hot, or cold food and beverage.
Continued recession, severe inflammation, bone loss, and possible tooth loss.
Root and tooth decay.
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While symptoms may start out mild, with sensitivity in one or two teeth and some apparent discoloration, your teeth are increasingly vulnerable to decay and may eventually require extraction.
What is the Pinhole Technique?
To correct gum recession, Dr. Beck has adopted the innovative Pinhole Surgical Technique as a painless alternative to traditional gum grafting. The Pinhole Surgical Technique gently pulls down gum tissue to cover the exposed root. Unlike a gum graft, which removes a section of tissue from the roof of your mouth, there are minimal (pinhole sized) incisions to promote healing within a few days of the procedure.
Video: Watch our 3D animation video for a detailed explanation on how the pinhole technique is performed.
When Should I Seek Pinhole Treatment for Gum Recession?
The first signs of gum recession are challenging to diagnose as they mimic other dental problems. A periodontist will be able to measure gum recession accurately and adapt a treatment plan to your specific problem. The Pinhole Technique is an effective preventative measure to address early gum recession and ensure that the condition does not cause more severe symptoms.
Contact San Diego’s Experienced Periodontist
As a highly-trained and skilled periodontist, Dr. Beck is highly sought after by patients who are suffering from their oral health. Whether you have been told you have periodontal disease, or you have loose or missing teeth that need to be replaced with dental implants, you can trust Dr. Beck and her team to support you every step of the way, and make sure you get the high-quality care you deserve. Call her office today to schedule your first appointment!
After a thorough evaluation of the degree of your gum recession, Dr. Beck will explain her plan for treatment. Although not required, sedation is available for your comfort during the procedure. After administering local anesthesia, Dr. Beck will perform the following steps:
Make pinhole-sized incisions in the gum above (or below) your teeth.
Gently tug gum tissue down (or up) to cover the exposed roots.
Place collagen strips under your gums to secure the gum tissue as it heals.
As you heal, the collagen strips will integrate into your natural gum tissue, and your gums will remain in position.
Video: Watch Dr. Beck on an interview for San Diego Living explaining the difference between a traditional gum graft and the pinhole technique
Who Should Perform the Pinhole Technique?
The Pinhole Technique should only be performed by a highly skilled periodontist who is properly certified to perform this surgical procedure. Dr. Beck is a board-certified periodontist specializing in gum disease treatment, which means she completed an additional three years of training in an accredited periodontal surgical residency program following dental school. Dr. Beck has trained with Dr. Chao (the creator of the Pinhole Technique) and is now Pinhole certified.
“Dr. Tina Beck and her team are amazing. I always feel welcomed the minute I walk in her office. It is very clean and nicely kept. Dr. Beck is always very informative and stays up to date on all the latest information. I highly recommend her if you’re looking for a good periodontist.”
Experienced Periodontist Specializing in Dental Implants in San Diego
Dr. Tina Beck is a board-certified periodontist who provides high-quality oral health care and compassion to patients in the San Diego area, including Poway and Rancho Santa Fe. Her exceptional skill and experience have made her a leader in the field of periodontics. She specializes in dental implant placement, treatment of periodontal disease, and she has been internationally recognized for her extensive research on bone grafting.