Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® Falls Church, VA


Dr. Gouldin and Dr. Carlos are thrilled to be the first periodontists in Northern Virginia to be trained in the new technique, invented and patented by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao, known as The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Also known as Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, this progressive treatment modality has been covered in numerous television news stories and newspaper articles across the country and will soon be featured on national television.

Traditionally, our practice has utilized the gold standard of gum recession treatment known as the subepithelial connective tissue graft. We have strived to modify and adapt this method to make it virtually pain free, and extremely predictable. Additionally, we occasionally utilize a similar technique known as Alloderm-assisted grafting whereby we use processed tissue from an organ donor to serve as the graft material, preventing having to go to the patient’s palate to obtain tissue. These standard treatments for receding gums are very precise, and due to the delicate suturing required, can take upwards of 45 minutes per tooth treated. Our philosophy regarding recession treatment is that proper diagnosis must occur first, followed by extensive patient education. Then, if treatment is indicated, we advise the patient of all of the applicable choices to allow them to select the treatment option that is most predictable, least invasive and most cost effective for their particular situation. Dr. Chao’s Pinhole Surgical Technique has provided Drs. Gouldin and Carlos another valuable tool to offer their patients for treatment of this common problem.

Drs. Gouldin & Carlos with Dr. John Chao

Drs. Gouldin & Carlos with Dr. John Chao

Dr. Chao’s technique is an incision-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. Drs. Gouldin and Carlos perform this procedure by inserting a small dental instrument designed by Dr. Chao into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and move them back into a normal, healthy position. Then, tiny collagen strips are placed through the entry point under the gums. The collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process. Since there is no incision or suturing, the treatment takes a fraction of the time of the traditional methods. Patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding), and most patients are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.

The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation can take as little as a few minutes per tooth, and perhaps most importantly, multiple teeth may be treated at the same time, allowing patients to have healthy, normal-looking gums with minimum inconvenience.

Dr. Chao’s landmark publication:

A 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique was published in the October, 2012, issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study were as successful as the standard gum grafting procedure, and patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and only mild to moderate initial swelling, with the almost instant transformation of the defective gum line. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32: 521-531.)


dr chao seen on abc“KNBC 4 with Dr. Bruce Hensel”

dr chao seen on abc“KABC Interview withDr. Chao”

“Dr. Steve Show”

“Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation”

For more information about Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® or to schedule a consultation with Drs. Gouldin and Carlos, call our office in Falls Church, VA at Northern VA Periodontics Phone Number 703-534-1766.


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