878 Walnut St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Congratulations to Dr. Ian Leopold, our new Pinhole certified dentist!

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Our SLO Smiles team is proud to announce that there’s a new Pinhole pro in town! Congratulations to our very own Dr. Ian Leopold, who is now a Pinhole certified dentist.

For those who are unfamiliar with this innovative technique, let’s break it down.

Gum recession. It’s all too common, and a surefire sign of oral health issues like periodontal disease. Folks experiencing gum recession often face tooth sensitivity and gum pain. Once they recede, gums will never grow back, so it’s important to treat this oral health issue early. 

If left untreated, gum recession can cause :
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loosening teeth
  • Weakening bone health
  • Increased risk of root surface decay
  • Less than appealing looks (inflamed red gum tissues and exposed tooth roots)

Here’s where the Pinhole technique comes in. The groundbreaking Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is the first minimally invasive procedure to treat gum recession. Using healthy gum tissue already present in the mouth, our Pinhole certified dentists repositions the tissue through very small openings in the gums. The procedure causes little to no discomfort and requires minimal recovery time. 

The Benefits of Pinhole surgery:
  • minimally invasive 
  • no incisions, no suturing  
  • quick and effective 
  • little to no discomfort 
  • short recovery time—Patients can resume normal activities the same day as their procedure.

Have you been experiencing gum pain? Have you noticed any changes in your smile? Our friendly SLO Smiles team is here to help. To learn more about gum recession and your treatment options for gum pain, set up a consultation with Dr. Ian Leopold online today or call our friendly dentist office in San Luis Obispo at (805) 541-0550.

Office Hours
  • Monday7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday7:00am - 5:30pm
  • Friday7:00am - 2:00pm
  • Saturday8:00am - 12:00pm
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New patients are always welcome at SLO Smiles. Evening and weekend appointments are available to make your busy life easier. Our friendly San Luis Obispo dental team looks forward to meeting you!

We are officially reopened!

We are excited to announce that we are once again providing routine dental hygiene services!
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