Treatments for Gum Recession in Fairfax

The Pinhole Technique

Gum recession is a common dental problem, but pinhole treatments can address it.

Receding gums expose your teeth and their roots to harmful bacteria. When left untreated, it can ultimately result in tooth loss. At Oakton Family Dentistry, we help our patients restore their smile with pinhole gum recession treatments in Fairfax.

Pinhole treatment is a minimally invasive technique that repairs receding gums by adjusting your existing tissue. It’s an alternative to gum graft surgery that causes less discomfort and has a faster recovery.

What is “pinhole”?

Our practice utilizes the Chao Pinhole®️ technique to treat gum recession caused by gum disease.

When gum recession continues to progress, this gives the disease and harmful bacteria more opportunity to attack the bone structure and worsen. While many practices would offer to manage this by performing a gum graft, the Chao Pinhole surgery is much less invasive and has proven effective in producing incredible results.

A gum graft involves scalpels, scarring, and stitching. On the other hand, the Chao Pinhole technique only necessitates a small hole being made in the gum tissue. This means much less discomfort and an easier, faster recovery.

State-of-the-art dental equipment at our Fairfax dental office.

What to Expect

Here’s what you can expect when undergoing treatment for gum recession at Oakton Family Dentistry:

  • A small hole is made in the gum tissue near the recessed area.
  • Using a special tool, the gum tissue is loosened and manipulated to cover more of the exposed tooth.
  • During recovery, you can expect little discomfort and swelling.
  • For 6 weeks, you will need to avoid brushing the area and follow aftercare instructions carefully.

Restore Your Smile

Visit us to learn more about pinhole gum recession treatments in Fairfax.

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