Pinhole Gum Recession Treatment in San Diego

Do I Suffer from Receding Gums?

Receding gums is a common problem due to periodontal disease (commonly known as gum 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.

Why Should You Treat Receding Gums?

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

Is Pinhole Gum Surgery Covered by my Insurance?

It’s possible, but we cannot guarantee it. Coverage depends on your specific plan and whether or not the insurance company determines if it is necessary or not.

How Much Does Pinhole Surgery cost?

Our UCR pricing is $2,500 per quadrant, which is in line with industry standards. We know that Pinhole Surgery can be expensive, so we’re happy to offer a $500 discount to potential candidates. Unfortunately, this cannot be combined or used in conjunction with insurance, and the offer is only good through 2019. We’re sorry…it’s a legal thing…totally out of our control. If you’re still interested, you can take advantage of the offer here.

What Causes Gum Recession?

Knowing why your gums are receding is an important first step. If gum recession is caused by periodontal disease, 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 make the appropriate recommendations. Common causes of gum recession include:

  • Periodontal disease

  • Harsh brushing technique

  • Grinding and Clenching

  • Trauma

  • TMJ / TMD

  • Genetics

Once the underlying problems have been addressed, we can then discuss if gum rejuvenation is the right thing for you.


Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in San Diego


Prior to the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® technique, patients suffering from receding gums had only one option, surgical soft tissue grafting, which is a very invasive surgical procedure that some say is worse than 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.

What to Expect from the Pinhole Surgical Procedure

  • Minimally invasive procedure

  • Fast recovery time

  • No sutures or incisions

  • Immediate results

  • Minimal bleeding and pain

Learn More About the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

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 - Actual Patient Results

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