Receding gums are a common and potentially serious problem. Gums are considered receding when gum tissue is lost from the gum line at the base of the teeth. This exposes the root of the affected teeth, causing pain when the root is touched and sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Besides the discomfort, people with receding gums are also at risk for a host of other problems, including tooth decay, at the root of the teeth and below the gums.

Gum recession can be caused by gum disease, aging or aggressive brushing habits. Regardless of the cause, it should be treated as soon as possible to prevent further complications. Receding gums have traditionally been treated with gum grafting, but a new method called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®) offers several advantages over gum grafting.

 Traditional Gum Grafting

 Gum grafting involves taking tissue from another part of the mouth and using it to rebuild the gums. In some cases, a graft from a tissue donor is used. The procedure is completed by a periodontist who sutures the tissue onto the existing gums, and the tissue and gums eventually grow together to reestablish the full gum area.


 In contrast, PST does not require the use of grafts or suturing. Instead, a small incision (about the size of a pinhole) is made in the gum line that loosens the gum tissue and allows it to slide back over the parts of the teeth left exposed. The benefits of this procedure include:


·         Faster recovery than traditional gum grafting

·         No uncomfortable sutures

·         No scalpels or other invasive surgical tools

·         Long-lasting results


Call Us Today

 If you or someone you know suffers from gum recession, arranging to undergo the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Chesapeake, VA, may be the best choice. Give us a call at 757-251-9908 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Cavallari and learn about