1511 W. McDermott Drive, Suite 200
Allen, Texas 75013
If you think receding gums is a problem that happens only to other people, think again. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 58, your chances for receding gums are 1-in-2. People age 58 and older have an 88 percent chance of experiencing some form of recession.
“It’s not just an esthetic problem,” said Dr. Marco Cueva. “When your gums recede, not only do you gain an unsightly ‘long-toothed’ appearance, but you lose the support of the tooth as roots become more exposed and prone to cavities and increased sensitivity.”
The standard treatment for receding gums has been gum grafting surgery, a procedure in which a section of gum tissue is removed from the palate and then placed onto the affected area. Because of the surgery and recovery time required, most periodontists treat one to three teeth at a time and wait for the patient to heal before treating additional teeth. For a patient with numerous sites of recession, the process can take several months.
The Pinhole Technique was developed and patented by California dentist John Chao, D.D.S., as an incision-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. Through a small pinhole, specially-designed instruments gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative discomfort and experience instant cosmetic improvement with long-lasting results.
Dr. Cueva is the only Texas periodontist trained and certified in this technique. “It’s a revolution in gum grafting surgery,” he said. “It works so much better than any other technique I’ve performed in gum grafting surgery over the past 20 years. With no incisions, no sutures, healing takes place over a much shorter period of time with minimal discomfort. There’s no tissue to harvest; no need to wait to complete additional teeth.”
In addition to performing the Pinhole Surgical Technique, Dr. Cueva offers a full range of periodontal services including treatment for sleep apnea and cosmetic procedures to improve your smile. For patients missing teeth, Dr. Cueva offers dental implants including the popular All-on-4—a wonderful way to secure dentures that look and perform like natural teeth. “Implant secured dentures not only help patients eat better,” said Dr. Cueva, “but they also improve their sense of taste since the palate is no longer covered by the upper denture.” All-on-4 procedures can be completed in one day. Single implants can replace missing teeth that look and perform like actual teeth. Waiting to replace missing teeth can result in bone loss as the area atrophies and may then require bone grafting.
Dr. Cueva is the only Texas periodontist trained in the no incision, no sutures Pinhole Surgical Technique—a revolutionary way for patients to regain healthy, normal looking gums.
Meet Dr. Marco Cueva
Marco A. Cueva, D.D.S., M.S., was born and raised in Curitiba, Brazil. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1988, and then went on to complete three additional years of training in periodontology and dental implantology. He maintained a private practice in Brazil until 1999 when he began his training at Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Cueva completed his periodontal residency in 2002, receiving his Masters of Science in Oral Biology with certification in Periodontics from Texas A&M University Health Science Center–Baylor College of Dentistry.
Currently Dr. Cueva is an assistant professor teaching Periodontal Plastic Surgery to residents at Baylor College of Dentistry. Previously he was the assistant director of Periodontal Residency at Baylor College of Dentistry.
Dr. Cueva is board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology. He and his wife, Fabia, have three children, Maria, Marco and Maura. He is active in his church, athletic endeavors and his children’s youth athletic leagues and speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.