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Pinhole Surgical Technique 

Gum Rejuvenation in San Diego

by Dr. Kathrina Agatep

Every once in a while, a new procedure is discovered that  totally blows my mind, and when I first heard about The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® - I really felt that this would be a game-changer for many of my patients who suffer from gum recession.  For the patients I have treated so far, the results have been tremendous.  Aside from the obvious cosmetic improvements, patients are thrilled with the fast recovery time and relatively painless procedure...I can only describe it as...unbelievably amazing.

- Dr. Kathrina Agatep

Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Sorrento Valley

A minimally invasive breakthrough treatment for gum recession

Receding gums is a common problem among the general public due to periodontal disease, poor lifestyle habits, and other causes.  This condition exposes the roots of your teeth to bacteria, can cause hypersensitivity, and spoil the beauty of your smile.

Prior to the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® technique, patients suffering from receding gums had only one option, surgical soft tissue grafting, a invasive surgical procedure that some say is worse that the actual cure.  Today, a new technique pioneered by Dr. John Chao allows doctors to restore gum health with less discomfort, bleeding, and post-op pain.  Now available in San Diego, Dr. Kathrina Agatep uses this new approach to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the treatment area - using just a small pinhole. No cutting, no stitching, and greatly minimized post-operative pain.  Most patients are able to resume light normal activities 1-2 days after treatment.

Results from the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Sorrento Valley have been nothing less than amazing, and patients who have restored their receding gums with Dr. Kathrina Agatep have been thrilled by the results.

If you suffer from receding gums and would like to learn more about this minimally invasive treatment, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Kathrina Agatep.

What Causes Receding Gums?

  • Periodontal disease
  • Harsh brushing technique
  • Grinding and Clenching
  • Trauma
  • TMJ / TMD
  • ​Genetics

​Understand the root case of your gum recession is an important first step.  If gum recession is caused by periodontal disease, then Dr. Agatep will recommend that the disease state be addressed first to see if progression can be halted.  If the cause is due to lifestyle habits such as hard brushing or smoking, we will also make the appropriate recommendations.  Once the underlying problems have been addressed, we can then discuss if gum rejuvenation is the right thing for you.

Key Benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Fast recovery time
  • No sutures or incisions
  • Immediate results
  • Minimal bleeding and pain

Why Should You Treat Receding Gums?

Healthy gums have an important job to do - sealing the roots of the teeth against out invasive bacteria and food particles that may cause disease and decay.  Aside from being unsightly, severe gum recession can let bacterial do serious damage to your roots and connective tissue.

Schedule Pinhole Surgical Technique in San Diego

It should be noted that early-stage gum recession may not require surgery.  Dr. Agatep may be able to restore your gums to health through deep cleaning methods and by helping your change your dental hygiene habits. But if you've grown seriously "long in the tooth," call 858-490-4281 to schedule an appointment and find out whether our pinhole surgical technique in San Diego is just what your smile needs!

Case Study - Patient Results

Click below for a quick overview highlights the actual results from a San Diego Pinhole patient that we recently treated.

Pinhole Surgical Technique Case Study

San Diego Pinhole Surgical Technique Gum Graft vs. Pinhole

33 Month Study Results

Learn More about the Pinhole Technique

Dr. Kathrina Agatep is a certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist in San Diego, having completed the required training under Dr. John Chao.