Sometimes people forget how important the health of their gums are to their overall smiles. Gum recession is what happens when gum tissue is recessed and lowers its position on the tooth, exposing the roots of the teeth. Gum recession can cause a number of problems with your dental health.
Causes of Gum Recession
There can be several causes of gum recession. These include:
- Poor oral health. Not taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly can cause plaque and tartar to build up on your teeth. These substances carry bacteria that can cause gum disease. If your oral health habits are questionable, gum recession may be a result of periodontitis.
- Aggressive brushing and flossing. When you brush your teeth, make sure that you’re brushing and not scrubbing. You don’t want to push too hard with a brush and you don’t want to use a toothbrush with stiff bristles. Use one that’s labeled “soft.” When flossing, gently pull the floss between your teeth. Being too forceful can injure your gums. Taking care of your teeth isn’t supposed to hurt.
- Genetics. If one or both of your parents have gum recession, you’re at a higher risk for receding gums.
- Abnormal tooth positioning. Gum recession can occur if your teeth aren’t in alignment with one another.
- Teeth grinding (bruxism). Do you often wake up with a headache or sore jaw? Does your spouse or partner complain about the sound of grinding teeth? Bruxism can be the cause of many dental maladies, not just gum recession. We can tell in a routine checkup if you are prone to teeth grinding and help fix it. Teeth grinding can be easily and painlessly treated with a mouthguard.
- Gum tissue trauma. If you’ve experience an injury to your gum tissue or teeth, then your gums may start to recede.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco can irritate your gums, leading to recession.
How Can Gum Recession Be Treated?
To help keep your gums where they belong, there are a few things you can do, like stopping smoking. If you have periodontal disease, we can treating it using Perio Protect. This is a comprehensive approach to gum disease treatment that combines dental cleanings with the comfortable Perio Tray® delivery of medication. Patients use the tray at home between office visits. It’s a highly effective system that uses medicine to fight the bacteria causing the problems.
Dr. Cobble is one of the only dentists in Tulsa who has had the Perio Protect advanced training and is certified to use Perio Protect for his patients.
Specialists can perform gum grafts, in which they surgically add healthy tissue to your gums. This procedure is not very comfortable and there’s a pretty long recovery time associated with it.
Dr. Cobble has had specialized training to offer our patients a better alternative.
The Chao Pinhole®
Dr. Cobble is trained and certified to use the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to bring your existing gum tissue back over your teeth. This treatment allows the same result as those traditional grafts but does so in a far less invasive manner. The result is an almost pain-free procedure and a shorter recovery time.
The Chao Pinhole technique moves your gumline without any surgical cutting. Dr. Cobble will make a tiny hole in your existing gums. Then, using special tools, he will loosen the gum tissue around the opening. Then he’ll carefully and gently pull those tissues through the hole to cover the right amount of each tooth. At the end he will place collagen strips under your gums to help the tissue stay there.
With modern technology progressing the way it has, you don’t have to live with receding gums. Whether the remedy is just wearing the trays with medicine or having Dr. Cobble perform the Chao Pinhole technique, we can get your gums back to normal.