Receding gums are a common dental problem; one that many people ignore because the traditional treatment requires surgery. Some people think gum recession is an inevitable part of getting older, in fact the expression “long in the tooth” to refer to older people refers to gum recession.
The truth is, while gum recession isn’t inevitable for everyone, it can happen at any age. When it isn’t treated, it can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, there is a revolutionary new method of gum tissue repair that gives patients a non-surgical alternative to treating their receding gums.
What causes gums to recede?
Gum recession can be caused by:
- gum disease
- brushing your teeth too much or too vigorously
- smoking or use of other tobacco products
- teeth grinding or clenching
- hormonal changes in women
- crooked teeth or an improper bite
- tongue or lip piercings
- poor oral hygiene
How do receding gums affect your teeth?
Gum recession is a gradual process. Many people do not realize not realize they have a problem it until symptoms appear, such as longer-looking teeth, sensitive teeth, chronic bad breath or exposed tooth roots. As gums recede or pull away from the teeth, the support system that keeps the teeth in place breaks down. The tissues and bones weaken, and eventually the teeth can fall out.
Return your gums to good health
Gum disease can be treated before gum recession sets in by deep cleaning of the gum line. This is a common gum disease treatment called scaling and root planing. Treating gum disease can prevent gum recession, but once receding gums are present, the traditional treatment requires a surgical procedure called gum grafting. This involves cutting away a healthy portion of tissue from the palate and using it to replace the gum that’s been lost.
Non-surgical treatment for receding gums
The pinhole gum rejuvenation technique was invented by a dentist, and can repair receding gums without complex surgery. It involves literally making a pinhole in the gums and moving the gum tissue to restore the gum line. The pinhole can heal in just one day. The procedure is quick and much less traumatic to the gum tissue than traditional gum grafting. There are no wounds except for the tiny pinhole, and no need for sutures.
The pinhole technique can only be performed on healthy gums, so if you have gum disease, it must be treated first. If you have questions or concerns about the health of your gums, call for an appointment to discuss gum tissue repair options and how to keep your gums healthy so your teeth can last a lifetime.