Gum recession is a more common problem than many people realize. A large portion of the population has some degree of gum recession, but may not be aware of it because it is a gradual process. Signs of gum recession may include sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, the tooth appearing longer than normal, or small notches near the gum line. If left untreated, bacteria could build up in these notches, and bone and tissue structures may suffer severe damage leading to the loss of the tooth.
Gum recession, which occurs when the layers of tissue around the teeth pull back or wear away, can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Genetic predisposition: Regardless of how well you care for your teeth, some people are more susceptible to gum disease than others.
- Inadequate dental care: A buildup of tartar from insufficient brushing and flossing can cause gums to recede.
- Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels, including during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, may cause gums to be more sensitive and vulnerable to recession.
- Periodontal diseases: Bacterial gum infections can destroy gum tissue and leave more of the root of the tooth exposed.
- Aggressive tooth brushing: Brushing teeth too hard can cause tooth enamel to wear away and gums to wear away faster.
- Orthodontic treatment: Moving teeth too quickly during orthodontic treatment can cause gums to wear away.
- Tobacco use: Both smokeless tobacco and cigarettes irritates gum tissue, resulting in severe gum recession.
Regular dental checkups are a must to keep your mouth healthy. If a dentist has noticed that gum recession is a concern, they will likely recommend gum grafting or gum rejuvenation surgery. While traditional gum grafting can be a very painful process with a long recovery time, there is, thankfully, an equally effective yet vastly superior alternative.
What is Gum Rejuvenation?
Gum rejuvenation, also known as the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, is a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting surgery, which traditionally involves shaving a layer of skin from the patient’s palate and stitching it over affected areas. Alternatively, with gum rejuvenation surgery, there are no incisions or sutures involved, leading to an accelerated recovery time and less pain.
Rather than grafting skin, small pinholes are made in the gums above the affected teeth, and the tissue is repositioned. Collagen strips are then added to facilitate healing. Multiple teeth can be treated in a single visit, providing immediate cosmetic benefits and preserving a healthy mouth.
If you are looking to correct your gums without invasive surgery, gum rejuvenation may be right for you. Contact our award-winning San Diego dentist at Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center to get started with a complimentary consultation today: (858) 348-5859.