Why do Gums Recede?

Receding gums can be the result of many things. Mainly periodontal disease, teeth clenching, grinding, overly aggressive brushing habits, and the natural aging process. Genetics, hormones, and tobacco also increase the risk of recession.

pinhole-surgery-pinhole-logoMany people don’t realize recession is occurring because it happens gradually. Typically, people experience sensitivity or the appearance of longer teeth. Recession can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gum line, causing food to get caught and allowing harmful bacteria and tartar to build up. This can lead to more advanced periodontal disease, tissue and bone deterioration, and eventual tooth loss.

At Go Smiles, we offer the latest in Gum recession treatment. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® can be used to treat most patients with gum recession. It may not be recommended for patients who have advanced cases of recession or gum disease. Once periodontal health is stable, we can recommend a treatment for gum recession. We have already seen great success when The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®.

Am I a Candidate for this Procedure?

Patients who suffer from periodontal disease and gum recession would like to restore their gum line and protect the roots of their teeth, but do not want to go through the often painful and lengthy traditional gum grafting procedure.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is the first minimally invasive procedure to treat gum recession effectively. This scalpel- and suture-free treatment uses healthy gum tissue already present at the treatment site, which is repositioned using instruments inserted through a very small opening in the gums. The procedure is virtually pain-free and requires minimal recovery time.

If you are suffering from receding gums that expose more and more of the roots of your teeth, contact us today to schedule a consultation.


The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no incisions and no suturing. It is a quick and effective treatment for gum recession that is virtually pain-free with a short recovery time. Patients can resume normal activities the same day as their procedure.


All surgical procedures carry the risk of bleeding, discomfort, and infection. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® minimizes these risks, and you can further minimize them by choosing a Dentist at Go Smiles, who performs this procedure at our practice and is licensed by the creator of the technique.

Recovery & Aftercare

For six weeks following your procedure you will need to use a prescription mouthwash in place of brushing the treated area, in order to prevent irritation. Eating a soft Diet will also prevent irritation to the treated area. Any discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter medication. You will have a series of follow-up appointments to ensure that everything is healing properly and that you do not require any additional treatment.


The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique cost is comparable to traditional gum grafting procedures. The cost may even be lower because we can treat multiple teeth in a single treatment. It involves no incisions, minimal discomfort, and a minimal recovery time, which is why more and more patients are choosing this procedure over the traditional approach.

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® vs. Soft Tissue Grafting

Although it is similar to soft tissue grafting in many aspects, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® has many advantages for the right patients. Being a minimally invasive procedure, patients can benefit from a shorter recovery time, fewer side effects, and better treatment outcomes. Comparing the costs, advantages, risks, and timelines of both procedures can help our patients make an informed decision and determine which treatment is best for their individual needs.