Gum recession can be due to a number of factors, such as aging, aggressive brushing, and heredity. When it happens, for whatever reason, it isn’t only unappealing, it can cause you a great deal of discomfort. The part of your teeth under the gums, called dentin, is temperature-sensitive, and when that gum barrier recedes, you can experience extreme sensitivity while eating and drinking. Your gums also protect your tooth roots and jawbone from harmful bacteria. Without that protection, your teeth and bone can decay, leading to tooth loss. When this happens, you may need dental implants and bone grafting. Dr. Aldo Espinosa and the team here in our Chula Vista, CA office use a revolutionary method called the Pinhole Surgical Technique to restore your gums—and save you unnecessary pain and appointments—in a less invasive manner than traditional gum recession treatments.
Before the Pinhole Surgical Technique, you generally had to have a piece of gum tissue removed from one part of your mouth using a scalpel and grafted over the area of recessed gum. The grafted tissue was then held in place by sutures or stitches. While this technique is effective and is still used today, Dr. Espinosa is always looking for new technologies and techniques that can improve the patient experience. He adopted the Pinhole Surgical Technique for use in our Chula Vista, CA office because it’s a less-invasive way to restore your gums. With it, Dr. Espinosa simply makes a tiny hole in your gums and pulls the existing gum over the exposed tooth root. No scalpel. No sutures. And since there’s no graft, there’s only one small surgical site to heal. With his training, demonstrated cosmetic dentistry expertise, and innovative procedures, Dr. Espinosa is the one to rely on to restore your gum health.
690 Otay Lakes Rd, Suite 260
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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Friday: 8am – 3pm