How is Sacramento Natural Dentistry treating patients for gum recession?
Gum recession is a very common dental issue that affects nearly half the population, but many people may not even be aware that they have it! Instead, people suffer from gum recession for years without treatment, or they may be aware that they have it but do not want to undergo invasive gum grafting procedures to fix the issue. At Sacramento Natural Dentistry, treating patients for gum recession is now easier and less invasive than ever before with a revolutionary treatment called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Below, we explain more about gum recession and then describe how the Pinhole Surgical Technique restores gums without the need for scalpels and sutures.
What is gum recession?
Understanding what gum recession is and what causes it is important because if the underlying origins are not resolved and you don’t maintain healthy gums, it will often come back despite treatment. Simply put, gum recession is condition where a person’s gum tissues have worn away or pulled back from their original position, exposing a greater portion of the tooth and in many cases, the tooth root. Receding gums can have a number of negative effects on a person’s dental health and overall well-being, including:
- Tooth pain and sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots
- Self-consciousness about smiling and talking because the teeth look too long
- Increased likelihood of bacterial growth and infection due to pockets that form between the gums and the teeth
- Potential for severe damage to the gums, teeth, and jawbone, which can eventually result in loss of the tooth
Causes of receding gums
Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, some of which may not be under your control.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the most common cause of receding gums. Gum disease often starts out as mild inflammation of the gum tissues, known as gingivitis, but if it is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis and damage your gums, teeth, and bone. It is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria on the teeth and gums, which irritate and eat away at the gum tissue and cause it to recede.
Genetics can also play a role in gum recession. It is estimated that about one-third of the population is more susceptible to gum disease due to their genetic makeup, which means that no matter how well they take care of their teeth, they may still develop conditions such as periodontitis and gum recession.
Another common cause of gum recession is simply brushing the teeth too hard. If a person is using an incorrect brushing technique, using a toothbrush with hard bristles, or brushing too vigorously, it can damage the gums and cause them to recede, as well as wear away the enamel on the teeth.
Natural hormone changes in the body can also cause the gums to become more sensitive and prone to recession. These types of changes occur during pregnancy, menopause, and puberty.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique explained
The Pinhole Surgical Technique has really changed how dentists can approach gum recession treatment. In traditional gum recession surgery, also called gingival grafting or a gum graft, tissues are first surgically removed from the palate (the roof of the mouth) and then grafted onto the gums in the area of recession. The procedure usually takes about an hour and a half to treat only one or two teeth, and is invasive and can have long recovery times and healing complications. After the treatment, the patient is left with two wounds in their mouth and sutures in place, which then need to be removed in a follow-up appointment.
In the Pinhole Surgical Technique, however, scalpels and sutures are avoided entirely! Instead, the dentist uses a dental needle to create a tiny hole (hence the name “pinhole”) in the gums above the area where they have receded, and then uses a specialized angled instrument to gently pull the gums away from the tooth and bone in that area and glide them back over the tooth into a normal position. In addition to taking less time to perform than a traditional gum graft, the Pinhole technique has next to no recovery time, the ability to treat many teeth in one session, and fewer risks and possible complications.
Aftercare for the Pinhole Surgical Treatment
Many of the benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique come into play after the treatment is complete. There is no downtime after the procedure, and it has instantaneous results—many patients are pleasantly surprised that they have not only gotten full relief from the symptoms of receding gums, such as tooth sensitivity and pain, but that their smile has been transformed and they are happy to show off their beautiful teeth again.
Because the gums have a rich blood supply and collagen tissue, they are able to heal rapidly and regenerate new tissue after the procedure. Some patients experience sensitivity for a few hours afterwards, but most people are able to resume normal eating and drinking habits by that same night.
Learn more about treatment for receding gums
There is no need to suffer from the symptoms of receding gums any longer! With the Pinhole Surgical Technique, the days of painful gum grafts are over. As a Certified Pinhole Dentist, Dr. Darryl Azouz has undergone extensive training with Dr. Chao, the dentist who invented and patented the technique.
In a personalized consultation appointment, Dr. Azouz will carefully evaluate your oral health, including the health of your teeth and gum tissue, to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure and whether other dental issues need to be addressed first.
Call Sacramento Natural Dentistry, which is conveniently located in Citrus Heights, CA and serves the Sacramento area, at (916) 823-8585 to learn more about this groundbreaking new procedure and whether you are a good candidate for it today.
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