Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

A revolutionary technique for restoring the health of your gums.

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Why Do Gums Recede?

There are many different reasons for gum recession. Gum disease is a common reason, but teeth grinding and clenching, aggressive brushing, genetics, hormones, tobacco use, and normal aging can also cause recession.

Because gum recession happens over time, many patients do not even notice it happening. Common signs patients do notice are tooth sensitivity and their teeth appearing “longer.” If left untreated, pockets can form in between the teeth and gum tissue. Food debris and bacteria can get trapped here, leading to periodontal disease and tooth decay.

The Chao Pinhole® surgical technique is a restorative procedure used by our dentists in order to repair recessed or damaged gum tissue. While not every patient may qualify for this procedure, it has helped many patients have healthy smiles. If you would like to visit GoSmiles Dentistry and learn why we might recommend pinhole surgery in Gainesville and Herndon, Virginia, please call us!

Am I a Candidate for This Procedure?

This technique helps patients who have had gum recession or periodontal disease and need to restore lost gum tissue. It is a less invasive alternative to traditional gum grafts, while still protecting the roots of the teeth.

This procedure does not use scalpels or sutures, instead going through a small opening in the gums. The treatment does not need gum grafts either and simply repositions the patient’s existing gum tissue. Recovery time is quick, and patients usually feel little discomfort.

If you need treatment for receding gum tissue, call or reach out to our office today.


Because the treatment is noninvasive and does not use stiches or incisions, patients can quickly recover with little discomfort and resume daily activities.


With any surgical procedure, there is some risk of infection, bleeding or patient discomfort. However, this surgical technique is designed to minimize these risks as much as possible. Our in-house dentist is also licensed by the creator of the Chao Pinhole Technique.

Recovery and Aftercare

Patients will need to eat a soft diet in order to prevent irritating the surgical site. Also, our dentists will ask patients to use a prescription mouthwash instead of brushing their teeth during the six weeks after their treatment. Patients can also use over-the-counter pain medication to help relieve discomfort. Our dentists will also meet with you in a series of dental appointments in order to monitor your smile and see that it is healing properly.


The cost of this procedure is comparable to gum grafting treatments and may even cost less, since we are often able to complete treatment without scheduling multiple appointments. Along with a quick recovery time, no incisions and minimal discomfort, more people are taking advantage of the Chao Pinhole technique.

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique vs. Soft Tissue Grafting

Though there are similarities between the two procedures, the Chao technique has many advantages. Patients can enjoy a shorter recovery and minimal side effects. Our office can help patients compare and make an informed decision about their treatment.