Even if you take great care of your teeth, you might experience gum recession. Also known as receding gums or gingival recession, gum recession is where damaging gaps form between the teeth and gum line, exposing tooth roots. While gum recession can occur at any age, statistics show that 88% of the population over age 65 have gum recession on one or more teeth.
We address recessed gums with today’s latest root coverage material, tissue grafts and other restorative treatments. Whether for esthetics, function, comfort or all three, we have the technology and experience to help manage your needs.
What is Gum Recession?
Technically, gum recession occurs when the gum area around a tooth or multiple teeth, the area we call the “gingival margin,” pulls back or wears away. More of the tooth than normal becomes exposed, resulting in gaps, called “pockets.” This exposure can leave your teeth at a much higher risk for cavities, infection and even, if not addressed, eventual tooth loss.
Gum Recession is More Common Than You Think
Gum recession usually occurs gradually, which means you may not even notice you have it until you feel a notch near the gum line or experience tooth sensitivity. Some people are prone to the condition because of tobacco use, inherited factors or misaligned bites. Very commonly, you simply could have been brushing too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush for too long.
Treatment for Gum Recession
Treatment will depend on your individual situation, the severity of your recession and the “root” cause of the recession. At the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants & Periodontics, we treat gum recession with a variety of today’s top procedures, including, initially, deep cleaning, also known as root planing and tooth scaling, for mild gum recession caused by gum disease. Oral or topical antibiotics may be prescribed. If the pockets are too deep, we may suggest other procedures including bone regeneration and tissue grafting to provided protective coverage.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
One of the most recent developments in gum rejuvenation, the Pinhole® Gum technique, reverses gum recession without more traditional tissue grafting and sutures. With a specialized tool, we create a tiny pinhole in the healthy part of the gum to pull a mini flap over the recessed area which is then covered by a tiny collagen strip. This resorbable material helps in healing and ensures successful root coverage.
With Pinhole®, unlike in traditional gum recession surgery, we can often tackle an entire mouth if needed in just one visit. Benefits include less downtime, less discomfort and faster healing.
Read more about gum recession and Pinhole®. Then contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation to see how we can address gum recession and restore your healthy smile. NE PHL Office: 215-677-8686/Ambler Office: 215-643-4393