New Ways to Treat Gum Disease

New Ways to Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease is a problem that affects millions of Americans and can lead to gum recession if left untreated. In the past, gum recession in Falls Church, Virginia was treated with gum graft surgery that was fairly invasive, but new technology allows periodontists, Dr. A. Garrett Gouldin  to provide a safer, easier way to treat this common dental health problem.

What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession is caused by many things, including:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Misaligned bite or crooked teeth
  • Insufficient or inadequate preventative care
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Hormonal fluctuations such as those caused by menopause, pregnancy or puberty
  • Aggressive teeth brushing

Some of these things can be prevented, while others are outside of your control and may require gum recession treatment. That’s where the Pinhole Surgical Technique® (PST) is valuable.

How The Pinhole Surgical Technique® Works

First, a small hole is made in the gums where the treatment is needed. A tiny instrument is then inserted into that opening to loosen the tissue, which allows the periodontist to move the gum line to the preferred length. Collagen is then used to hold it in place while it heals.

The benefit of the Pinhole Surgical Technique® is that there is no need for scalpels, incisions or sutures. In traditional gum surgery, the periodontist uses multiple surgical sites to harvest and transplant tissue to the new area. Gum grafting requires a healing phase, which means that you must wait between each appointment to harvest more tissue. In this way, traditional surgery was more extensive and invasive than the Pinhole Surgical Technique®.

Schedule an Appointment

Every day we look for new ways to improve the treatment options we give our patients. Our goal is to give you the smile you want in a healthy mouth with as little disruption to your life and schedule as possible. Call Northern VA Periodontics at to find out if the Pinhole Surgical

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