Ideally, your gums should be pink in color, firm, and tight against the teeth, holding them firmly in place. While people tend to not think about their gums as much as they do their teeth, healthy gums are vitally important to your dental health and your overall well-being.
It’s a good idea to examine your gums now and again. Look at them closely in the mirror and make sure they wrap around the teeth securely with no gaps or pockets.
If you notice that your teeth appear longer than usual, you can feel notches along the gumline, or you’ve been experiencing pain or sensitivity, you may have gum recession. Prompt treatment is imperative. Call Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS, PLLC at 972-360-9944 to schedule an appointment. Our in-house periodontist, Dr. Mark Margolin, is trained in the groundbreaking Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for reversing receding gums.
Consequences of Gum Recession
If your gums are pulling away from your teeth, it’s essential you come in to see us as soon as possible. Left unchecked, a receding gumline leads to numerous serious consequences.
- Your tooth nerve may be exposed, which causes pain and sensitivity.
- Harmful bacteria love to colonize the gaps that form between the teeth and the gums.
- Eventually, your teeth may loosen and fall out.
- Healthy gums protect the tooth root from exposure to nasty bacteria. When gums pull away, this important barrier is no longer there.
Many factors — some beyond your control, others not — may cause or contribute to receding gums.
- Gum disease is a leading risk factor for recession. Bacteria proliferate around the gumline, forming pockets and destroying tissue and surrounding bone.
- Forceful tooth brushing. Brushing too hard doesn’t clean your teeth better. It actually wears away the enamel and can cause injury to your gums.
- Poor oral hygiene leads to a buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar, which get under the gumline and lead to recession.
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can make you more susceptible to gum problems.
- Smoking puts you at a high risk of developing gum disease and recession.
- Clenching and grinding teeth can put pressure on the gums, causing them to pull away.
We Bring Your Gums Back to Health
If your gums have pulled away from your teeth, The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is an innovative way to restore them without invasive gum grafts. The procedure involves making a small “pinhole” in your gums, loosening the tissue, and then just pulling it back into place over the receded areas. The gums are then held in place with collagen strips. The technique has a number of benefits over traditional gum-restoration methods:
- It is minimally invasive.
- Recovery time is fast — hours or days, not weeks.
- There is very little pain and bleeding.
- No scalpels and no sutures.
- No donor tissue required.
The procedure delivers gorgeous, lifelike results. We will numb the area with local anesthesia beforehand to ensure you are completely comfortable. If you are anxious, you can request dental sedation to calm your nerves.