Pinhole Surgery for Gum Disease

We all want to have a beautiful and healthy smile. However, if your teeth appear unusually long, then you may be suffering from gum recession.

This is when the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing more enamel than usual. When this happens, the structure of the root of the tooth can become exposed. This means that bacteria and decay can access your tooth along and below the gum line, putting your health and smile at risk.

Pinhole surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is successful in treating gum recession. Are you looking for an experienced dentist to treat your gum recession? Dr. Khalil and his team have the knowledge, training, and skill to provide successful pinhole gum surgery for patients in and around Oakton, VA.

What causes gum recession?

Gums can pull away from the teeth for a number of reasons. Increasing age can play a part in gum recession, as well as brushing teeth with too much force. However, another common cause is periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease

Also known by names such as gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis, periodontal disease is very common condition, during which the gums become swollen, red, painful and infected.

Almost everyone will experience some degree of periodontal disease at some point in their lifetime. Although, many may not realize that they have the condition, if their symptoms are mild.

Signs of gum disease include red and swollen gums, and bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. As the condition progresses, the patient may experience other symptoms which could include an unpleasant taste in their mouth, teeth that seem loose, bad breath and abscesses.

If you believe that periodontal disease may be the cause of your gum recession, you should seek the advice of your dentist as soon as possible.

How is pinhole surgery different to conventional gum recession treatments?

In the past, gum recession has principally been treated using soft tissue grafts, which rebuild the gum line and protect it from invasive bacteria and decay.

However, this style of treatment was invasive and required the use of sutures to secure the grafts in place.

Pinhole surgery is much less invasive, with no incisions or need for sutures.

What happens during pinhole surgery?

During pinhole surgery, a very fine needle is used to make a small hole in the existing gum tissue. Special tools are then used to gently loosen the gum tissue through the pinhole, expanding it so that it covers the exposed root structure and restores a natural gum line.

Benefits of pinhole surgery

There are many reasons why patients are now choosing pinhole surgery to treat their gum recession. These include:

  • Faster recovery time

  • Minimal pain/discomfort both during and after treatment

  • No incisions

  • No sutures

  • No soft tissue grafts

  • A natural result

Once their treatment is complete, patients are often amazed at the difference that pinhole surgery can make to their smile.


Dr. Khalil and his experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly team are pleased to be able to provide pinhole surgery to patients in Oakton, VA.

To find out more about any of the services we provide, or to arrange a consultation, please do not hesitate to call our office at 703-323-9005. We look forward to helping you and your family achieve a healthier, happier smile.