Improve gum recession with Pinhole surgery from a dentist in Los Angeles, CA
By Downtown Dental
If you are embarrassed to smile due to receding gums, the team at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles can help. We offer gum rejuvenation with the Chao Pinhole technique, which is a minimally invasive surgery that will rebuild gingival tissue and restore the smile. Our team has been extensively trained in this specialized technique so you can trust that you are in good hands.
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is when the gingival tissue has pulled away, or retreated, from the base of the tooth. In particularly severe cases, gum recession can expose the part of the tooth root. There are a number of reasons an individual may experience gum recession, they include:
Gum recession is not just an aesthetic concern. Healthy, properly positioned gum tissue helps protect the teeth from bacteria that can lead to plaque buildup and decay. As the gum recedes, gaps begin to emerge between the teeth and the gum line. These pockets are havens for trapping bacteria that can cause damage to the gum, the teeth, and the bones.
If the tooth root becomes exposed due to gum recession, symptoms can include increased sensitivity, discomfort, tooth discoloration, and potential loss of natural teeth.
Receding gums tend to occur gradually, which means many patients don’t notice there is a real problem until there are dramatic increases in sensitivity or if the teeth begin to appear longer. Gum recession will not go away on its own and should not be ignored. Individuals who notice any signs of gum recession should call the office right away to schedule an evaluation.
Chao Pinhole Gum Surgery
In the past, soft tissue grafts were the go-to option for treating receding gums. During grafts, we use either the patient’s own soft tissue or a donor graft and stitch it into place in order to rebuild the gum line. With the Pinhole technique, we are able to rebuild the gums and rejuvenate the smile without major incisions or stitches which greatly improves the healing process.
How it works
With the Pinhole technique, a series of small adjustments is done to rebuild the gumline. A tiny hole is created in the gum tissue. Through this “pinhole” we use a specialized tool to gently loosen, expand, and lift sections of tissue.
During each step of the pinhole technique, we can move the gum tissue up to a higher position, covering any exposed tooth root and significantly improving the appearance and health of the gum line. Small collagen strips are placed over the tissue to stabilize the gum and hold it into position. No sutures are used during Pinhole gum surgery.
Recovery after Pinhole gum surgery is quick. The hole usually heals overnight, and patients are able to resume normal activities in no time.
There are many advantages to using the Chao Pinhole technique over traditional gum grafts. They include:
No large incisions or sutures
Faster healing time
Minimal discomfort after the procedure
No need for donor tissue
Following Pinhole surgery patients are left with all the same results of gum grafting: a healthier, natural-looking smile in less time with less recovery.
Candidates for Pinhole gum surgery
Most patients with receding gums are good candidates for Pinhole gum surgery. Individuals with active gum disease should seek treatment for the condition prior to undergoing gum rejuvenation. During a consultation, we’ll be able to discuss any treatments or procedures that may be required prior to Pinhole gum surgery. Patients are encouraged to ask any questions they may have about the process during this appointment.
The Chao Pinhole technique is garnering attention in the dental community because of it’s potential to deliver amazing results with far fewer side effects than traditional soft tissue grants.
If you are embarrassed by your gummy smile or experiencing pain/discomfort as a result of gum recession, you should call the team at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA today to set up a consultation and discuss your options. Our team is ready to answer your questions and start you on the path to a healthier, more beautiful smile.
"I am a legit Patient at this practice. The Doctor is amazing - educated, skilled and patient. Allison, my Dental Hygienist, is really friendly, knowledgeable and proactive about her patients' oral health. In my experience, the office staff at Downtown Dental is always professional, friendly, and thoughtful about my time. Plus, they offer reasonable financing! If you're honest about your budget (for people like me who don't have dental insurance), they can often work with you to stay within budget. I also learned that they use the best equipment in their field and staff gets training often on new dental techniques. If you are someone who works, resides or likes to visit Downtown - this is an especially excellent place to see the dentist periodically.
Downtown Dental is a fantastic Dental practice in the heart of the city. They are located near LA's Cultural hub of museums, concert halls and the like (The Broad, MOCA + more ). But don't let all that (magic) discourage you from making your appointment, because traffic is usually very smooth on Grand and getting in and out of their secure and validated parking lot (in their building) is a breeze. They also have 2 e-car charging stations if that's how you roll. If you work in DTLA, like many, you can even get a lunchtime cleaning!
Sidebar: The office is located inside a gorgeous apartment building, full of high end furnishings, accentuated with stunning street art. You may have even passed by & seen the Subway flags at street level- the dental office is right upstairs. It's worth a try, especially if you want great oral health, love art, culture and the city!"
Aug 1, 2016
"Still the best I've ever been to! The entire staff is more than knowledgeable & helpful!
Don't waste your time going to other places, this dentist & his team are your best bet!
They are courteous, flexible, and above all: PROFESSIONAL."
Sep 23, 2016
"What an amazing staff and dental team!!
I had four front crowns and 2 root canals done all in about 3 hours! It was pain free! Dr Mungcal was fast and I didn't feel a thing! People compliment my teeth all the time! ...Little do they know they're fake! Very grateful!!! I am in Invisalign now and love how it stopped me from clenching and grinding my teeth! My teeth and gums are healthy because of all the amazing dental work they have done and continue to do!! Oh ...And they offered nitrous which made the whole experience awesome! Go here if you want dental work done right!!"
Sep 28, 2016
"Downtown dental made my cavity experience as painless as possible, and the technology they use is so up to date and accurate.
The staff are also very friendly and know the best habits for having a healthy mouth.
So glad I started going here!"
Sep 27, 2016
"Absolutely the best dental office! In all reality I used to hate going to the dentist I would cancel my appointments at my old Drs office all the time !! But the Hygienists and the staff in general are so welcoming and make you wanna keep coming back. They are always ready to deliver and Allison did an amazing job on my teeth cleaning thank you for that"
Sep 23, 2016
"This review is long overdue. I've been a patient at downtown dental since 2005 and have had nothing but positive experiences. I've had quite a bit of dental work and when I had a cracked crown recently, they scheduled me the next day and replaced it at no charge. They would have scheduled me that day but sadly, I'm no longer a patient as I've moved to NorCal. I felt like they really went out of the way to accommodate me and I appreciate that! Thanks guys!!"
Sep 23, 2016
"Great practice, the doctors and assistants are very professional, helpful and pleasant. They make dental appointments almost enjoyable...not something I thought possible!
Katie the hygienist is not only gentle, professional and very professional but also inspiring. She makes you want to have the best gums in Los Angeles.
Thank you guys!"
Sep 16, 2016
"The team at Downtown Dental are the best! They have done both an implant and Invisalign for me. They keep me informed about all the steps and always get me in and out quickly! I love that they can do everything right in their own offices too."
Sep 18, 2016
"My story is: I chipped a took eating cereal! Who does that!?! (The cereal was crunchy I'll admit). I went to Downtown Dental and Dr. Mungcal evaluated my situation and realized my bite needed to be adjusted. I grind my teeth at night also so the combination of it all was wearing my teeth down. He recommended invisalign to align my bite. I was hesitant because it's pricey but...trust me...it was SO WORTH IT!!! 8 months later, my bite is fixed and aligned and my teeth are straighter which is a bonus! I am only 34 and I want to keep my teeth healthy and strong for a long time! Dr. Mungcal and the entire staff are amazing and took GREAT care of me. You can rest assured you will be taken care of by them!"
Sep 4, 2016
"Came to downtown dental with my husband for his first dental implant. He was very nervous on getting this procedure done.. From his experience he said the staff were super friendly made him feel very welcomed..the dentist made his procedure quick and painless my husband didn't even need his medication for the swelling or pain ... Highly recommend... We Will be coming here from now on for our dental needs."