Dentistry focuses a lot on your teeth, but your gums are a vital part of your dental health. After all, your gums help make your smile look normal and keep your teeth in your mouth where they belong. That means the state of your gum’s health is important to your dental health.
For some people, the gums have started to recede or pull away from their teeth. This can lead to some problems with your teeth and smile.
How Gum Recession Can Hurt You
Your tooth has two general parts. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. It’s designed to stay visible and be used for chewing food. The other is the root. It’s designed to stay hidden by your gums and be used to keep the tooth in your jawbone.
When you suffer from gum recession, the gumline moves farther away from your crown. Parts of your tooth normally covered get exposed to the air, food, and drink that goes through your mouth. Because this part is supposed to be safely covered by your gums, you’re at a higher risk of problems like cavities and temperature sensitivity.
Your gums also help keep your teeth where they belong. When your gums recede, you’re at a higher risk of losing a tooth.
Causes Of Gum Recession
- Gum disease: This might be the number one cause of gum recession. Harmful bacteria living on your gums release an acid. This damaged and irritates your gums. When this happens, your gums can pull away from your teeth.
- Genetics: As with many health conditions, genetics can play a part. Some people are born being predisposed to suffering from gum recession.
- Injuries to your gums: Just like with gum disease, an injury to your gums (such as cutting yourself with a steak knife or getting hit in the mouth) can damage them and make them start to pull away from teeth.
- Tobacco: Whether you smoke or chew, tobacco products and irritate your gums. As above, this irritation can cause your gums to recede from your teeth.
- Ill-fitting dentures: Dentures often rest on your gums. If they do not fit right, they could be rubbing against your gums. This irritation can move your gums away from your teeth.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique To Treat Gum Recession
The traditional fix for gum recession is two-fold: 1) Stop whatever is causing your gums to recede, and 2) get a gum graft. The first fix sounds simple but can often be a problem. How do you stop having injuries or genetic predisposition? The second is effective, but it’s not without its drawbacks.
Gum grafts require gum surgery. The dentist will surgically cut away some soft tissue on the inside of your mouth. This could be the roof of your mouth, or it could come from the inner cheeks. Next, the dentist will surgically graft that tissue to your existing gums. Once healed, the tissue will act just like your gums and cover more of your teeth.
At our Tulsa, OK dental office, you can get a revolutionary new treatment for gum recession: the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. With this treatment, you can get gums covering your teeth again without surgical cutting required by a gum surgery.
- First, our dentists use a special tool to make a pinhole in your existing gums where they have receded.
- More specialized tools are used to gently loosen the gum tissue at that site.
- Our dentists then carefully and gently draw that loosened gum tissue through the pinhole. They are arranged to cover the right amount of your teeth.
- Collagen strips are placed underneath. These strips of natural protein act like an adhesive to naturally keep the gum tissue on your teeth like they should.
- The pinholes will close up all by themselves, usually within 24 hours or so.
This gum recession treatment is technically surgery, but it does not involve any surgical cutting. A local anesthetic is used to help make sure you are comfortable during the treatment, and each tooth usually only needs a few minutes before being complete.
Gum recession is not something to ignore. Your smile will look unusual with less gums visible. More importantly, your teeth are at risk. Thanks to the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, you can get your gums back to where they belong. If your gums are receding, call us today at 918-925-9687.