Gum recession happens to people of all ages. Most of us aren’t aware of it right away
because gum loss usually occurs gradually over time. Symptoms include but are not
limited to tooth sensitivity, pain at the gum line, exposed roots, and swollen gums.
You can take proactive measures to help prevent gum loss, but once it occurs it’s
impossible to naturally reverse the process on your own. Left untreated or
undertreated, gum recession can cause a snowball effect. Bacterial build-up, for
example, leads to inflammation and more recession, giving you that long in the tooth
look, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.
With regular dental check-ups, your dentist can determine whether you suffer from
gum disease and or receding gums. The goal is to treat your gum loss to keep it from
worsening. But what if it’s too late and your gum recession has gone too far?
Fortunately, modern dentistry offers several solutions.
Gum Grafting Surgery
Traditional gum grafting surgery involves tissues being cut and stitched to cover
exposed roots. This may include taking tissue from the palate to graft onto existing
gum tissue, or it may involve cutting the gums, stretching them to cover roots, and
then suturing them together.
Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
This technique is considered to be less invasive, less painful, and requires less
recovery time than traditional gum grafting. During the procedure, a small pinhole is
made in the gums so they can be repositioned to cover exposed roots. Collagen is
then injected into pinholes to ensure the gums remain as they have been positioned.
Results are immediate.
During this relatively quick, virtually painless, and minimally invasive procedure, a
precision laser is used to eliminate bacterial pockets formed by periodontal disease,
allowing gum tissues and even bone to regenerate. The LANAP protocol is the first
and only protocol to receive FDA clearance for True Regeneration, growing new cementum, new periodontal ligament, and new alveolar bone. Patient scan usually return to normal activities within 24 hours after treatment.
Tissue regeneration uses a platelet concentrate gel applied to a collagen membraneas the graft instead of using tissue from the roof of the mouth. The graft is soaked inthe patient’s platelets using blood drawn in the same visit. Placed over the receding tooth root, the graft is then surgically secured.If you have or suspect you have gum loss, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. Effectively treated, you can reduce the likelihood of further gum recession and keep your teeth from becoming loose and falling out.
Common Causes of Gum Loss
Overly aggressive tooth brushing
Inadequate brushing and flossing
Hormonal changes (especially in women)
Clenching or grinding your teeth
Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
Use of tobacco products
Gum tissue trauma (such as a sports injury)
Open mouth breathing