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Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation in Santa Barbara & Lompoc

Reverse gum recession comfortably. No scalpel & no stitches!

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Do your teeth look longer than they used to? Do they feel more sensitive to temperatures and pressure? You may be suffering from gum recession.

Gum recession is when your gum tissues moves back along your gums, exposing the roots of your teeth. The causes of gum recession range from gum disease, the natural aging process, rough brushing habits, or even clenching and grinding your teeth. Gum recession puts you at risk for tooth decay and erosion. In the worst case scenarios, gum recession can lead total tooth loss.

In the past, the only way to correct gum recession was through grafting techniques, which required incisions and sutures. However, thanks to advancements in dentistry, today there is another, better option that’s completely free of these painful elements.: The Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®).

What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation?

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique was invented and patented by Dr. John Chao and is a revolutionary procedure for treating gum recession.

This treatment is fast, effective, scalpel-free, and suture-free!

With no incision or suturing required, you’ll benefit from minimal postoperative pain, swelling, and bleeding.

It really is amazing.

Benfits of The Pinhole Procedure

  • Less discomfort
  • Quicker recovery than traditional grafting
  • No uncomfortable sutures
  • No scalpels or invasive surgical tools
  • No need to take donor tissue from your palate
  • Natural-looking and long-lasting results

How is PST Performed?

  • Your dentist will numb your mouth or use sedation dentistry to ensure you’re completely comfortable.
  • A tiny needle is used to make a small hole in your gum tissue.
  • Special instruments gently guide your gums down (or up) over the exposed tooth area.
  • There’s no need for grafts, sutures, or incisions!
  • Your dentist will provide all necessary post-op care and instructions, ensuring you can get back to your normal daily activities soon.

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Ericson Dental is proud to be one of the few dentists in Lompoc and Santa Barbara to offer Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation.

If you have questions about this high-tech procedure, give us a call to learn more. Or view our PST Patient Brochure for more information.

Let’s Work Together to Restore Your Gum Health

Our team at Ericson Dental is committed to state-of-the-art dental technology and lifelong relationships.

We believe that when we take the time to get to know our patients and their health concerns, we can deliver a more comfortable, effective, and pleasant dental experience.

Together, we’ll help you achieve healthy, beautiful gums, and a smile you’re proud of.

Ericson Dental Is Committed To…

Relationships Built on Trust

Compassionate & Consistent Care

Minimally-Invasive, Proven Techniques

Affordable Financing & Payment Options

Whether you are going for your routine dental check-ups and cleanings or looking to dramatically improve your smile, Ericson Dental is the place to go! Dr. Ericson, Dr. Baer, and Dr. Dudley are all very knowledgeable, talented and passionate about making sure you are getting the care you deserve! Just stop in to see the office-you will be very impressed!!

Kala G. (Apr '16)

Both Dr Ericson and Dr Baer are personable, kind, and most importantly, great dentists. The office environment is very inviting, and the staff are happy to be there. Dr Ericson is the first to know and learn about new techniques, and I find that very comforting and exciting. He really wants the best for his patients! Highly recommend.

Shannon C. (FEB '16)

Dr Ericson and all of his staff are amazing. He is honest and gentle... Two important qualities for a dentist! And he's personable and easy to talk to. I always see Lisa for hygiene and love her! She is thorough and also very gentle. And she's really sweet. Not to mention the office is pretty posh! Highly recommend this office!

Rachel H. (Apr '16)

Wonderful office and staff. Dr. Ericson and Dr. Baer are both so professional and make your dental visit as comfortable as possible!

Chris P. (Mar '16)

I have been going to Dr Ericson for a few years now. It is always a great experience. They are all very friendly and professional. Dr Ericson is phenomenal and is always eager to talk to you and find out how you are doing and what you have been doing!

Alex H. (Jan '16)

Love the dental office!! The office has a very nice ocean view, the staff is very nice and welcoming every time . Dr Ericson and Dr Bear make you feel very comfortable .They have a new doctor in the practice, Dr Dudley. His very caring, and does an amazing job as well. I won't wouldn't go anywhere else .

Paola M. (Apr '16)

Dr. Baer and the other staff at Ericson Dental are amazing. This is one of the cleanest, most professional offices I've been to. It is very clean, there is no waiting past your appointment time, everyone is friendly, and clearly this whole team knows what they're doing and have worked together for some time. I highly recommend this dental office!

Ryan O. (Jan '16)

Loved it. No better place in Santa Barbara. Highly recommended!

Nicole K. (Jan '16)

Hands down- the best office I've ever been to! Dr. Ericson, Dr. Baer, and Dr. Dudley are extremely knowledgeable and truly care. They have helped me choose the right treatment and I highly recommend them!

Bob W. (Apr '16)

I have had nothing but great experiences at Ericson Dental. The doctors and the staff are caring and knowledgeable. They even got me in on short notice when I chipped my front tooth. Thank you Ericson Dental.

Mike T. (Mar '16)

Win the fight against gum recession.


Contact us today to learn more.

Lompoc: (805) 735-2702 | Santa Barbara: (805) 884-1874