Gum Rejuvenation Specialist

Dental Center of Tysons Corner

Aesthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry located in McLean, VA

Your gums are meant to secure and protect your teeth, so when your gums recede, you’re at risk for tooth loss. While there are several treatments for gum recession, The doctors at the Dental Center of Tysons Corner is one of only a few dentists qualified to perform the advanced Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This technique is minimally invasive, restores your gums, and leaves people highly satisfied with the aesthetic results. If you’ve noticed receding gums, don’t wait to get treatment — call their office in McLean, Virginia, or book an appointment online.

Gum Rejuvenation Q & A

What causes gum recession?

Gum recession occurs when your gums pull away from your teeth. As the gums move lower on your teeth, the roots of the teeth are ultimately exposed.

Gum recession can be caused by:

  • Gum disease
  • Aggressive brushing or flossing or using a hard toothbrush
  • Trauma such as a sports injury
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco
  • Prominent roots or muscles that push the gum
  • Dentures that don’t fit properly
  • Genetics that gave you weak or thin gums

How is gum recession treated?

The treatment for your gum recession depends on the severity and underlying cause of the problem. If it’s caught at an early stage and it’s due to overzealous brushing that damages delicate gums, treatment may include instructions for helping your gums recover, changing your dental care habits, and using a soft-bristled brush.

When gingivitis (inflamed gums) or periodontitis (advanced gum disease) are responsible for gum recession, your treatment may include scaling and root planing to remove all traces of plaque and tartar. In severe cases of gum disease, you may need surgery to deep-clean the roots or a gum graft to restore gum tissue.

What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?


The doctors at The Dental Center of Tysons Corner have extensive experience performing the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), which is a minimally invasive treatment that reverses gum recession without a scalpel or sutures.

The procedure, which was invented by Dr. John Chao, restores your gums by making a small hole in the gum tissue and using specially designed instruments to loosen the gum and guide it over the receded part of your tooth. The procedure takes only about 20-30 minutes, and you’ll have minimal postoperative symptoms such as pain, swelling, or bleeding.

PST doesn’t cure gum disease — you’ll still need to follow the doctors' instructions for taking care of your gums — but it should last as long as you have regular dental checkups and are diligent with your dental hygiene.

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