Did you know that a healthy mouth is an indicator of your general wellness? Indeed! Essentially healthy gums are a sign of a healthy mouth. Therefore, taking care of your oral health (regular dental teeth and gums cleaning) is extremely important.
A completely captivating smile is healthy teeth and gums. However, when gum recession occurs, it can defeat your winning smile and you become prone to developing decay and gum disease. Gum recession if not addressed properly can severely damage the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth and may eventually result in tooth loss.
Gum recession can occur as a result of improper dental care, lifestyle, aging, gum disease or even genetics. Gums recede progressively, thus you need to closely keep an eye on your gums and teeth.
If you notice the roots of your teeth are almost exposed and that your teeth may look longer than the usual, you may also feel an increased sensitivity, particularly when you are eating or drinking hot, cold and even sweet foods. You may need to avail of Dental Gum Recession Services to evaluate and examine the extent of the gum recession.
When gum recession occurs, gum tissue surrounding the teeth retracts, shrinks back or wears away; “pockets” or gaps form between the teeth and the gumline, exposing the root of the tooth, making it easier for bacteria to attack and multiply. This is why it’s so critical to undergo gum recession treatment before it advances and causes severe oral or even overall health issues.
For mild cases:
Deep cleaning also known as “tooth scaling and root planing” –During the treatment, a certified dentist carefully removes the accumulated plaque and tartar on the teeth and root surfaces below the gum line, and the exposed root area is smoothed to prevent further build up. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to get rid of any damaging bacteria.
For more severe cases:
- Traditional gum grafting may be essential to reduce further gum recession. It involves removal of gum tissue from the palate (also known as the roof of your mouth) and then donor tissue is then grafted onto the problem area. Both the donor site and treated gums will be sutured. Healing and recovery usually take 8 weeks.
- CHAO Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®) also known as Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation is a less invasive option of gum recession treatment. Unlike the traditional gum grafting technique, Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation is scalpel and suture free. Depending on the number of teeth to be treated, additional tiny “pinhole” incisions may be made, but the small openings normally close within a day. All of the tools and procedures applied to perform the CHAO PST® is patented by Dr. Chao who has invented this procedure. There are only a few certified dentists in Los Angeles that uses Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation.
It can be upsetting and painful to have receding gums, but you don’t have to worry. You can restore your healthy gums using the best dental treatments to win back that forever captivating smile.