Revolutionary Gum Recession Treatment in Tulsa, OK
Your gums are very important to your teeth. They help keep them in your mouth and protect them from damage. If you need gum recession treatment, come in to see your Tulsa, OK dentist Dr. Cobble to preserve your teeth and your overall oral health.
The Trouble with Gum Recession
In a healthy smile, your gums show just a little bit. They cover the roots of your teeth to help keep them safe from cavities and similar damage. Gum tissue also helps hold your teeth in their sockets. That’s why periodontal disease can be so problematic. Anything affecting your gums’ health will affect your whole smile.
One of the signs of periodontal disease is gum recession. This occurs when your gums start to pull away from your teeth. As a result, your teeth lose some of the support they need to stay put. You also expose parts of your teeth that are normally covered, putting them more at risk for tooth decay and infection. Unfortunately, those recessed gums tend to make pockets perfect for collecting food particles and harmful bacteria. All in all, gum recession can be a serious problem.
What Causes Gums To Recede From Teeth?
There are two related reasons that gums recede from your teeth: bad habits and periodontal disease.
- If you smoke or chew, tobacco can irritate your gums. The same is true for not brushing and flossing regularly, especially if you also skip your twice-yearly visits to our Tulsa, OK dental office.
- Periodontal disease begins when harmful bacteria reside on your gums. These bacteria secrete an acid that irritates and damages your gum tissue. Eventually, bacteria can get below the surface and infect the gums. As with bad habits, this causes your gums to pull away from your teeth.
Get My Gumline Back Where It Belongs
To help keep your gums where they belong, there are a few things you can do. If you are smoking or chew tobacco, do what you can to quit. Even cutting back can help some. If you have periodontal disease, you can visit our Tulsa, OK dental office for Perio Protect, a highly effective system that uses medicine to fight the bacteria causing the problems. Our dentists are some of the only dentists in Tulsa who have had the Perio Protect advanced training and are certified to use Perio Protect for their patients.
There are also more immediate gum recession treatments which can move your gum tissue back over your teeth. Gum grafts can be performed by a specialist. In this procedure, the specialist surgically adds healthy tissue to your gums. The downside to this procedure is it can be very uncomfortable and requires a longer recovery time. Our dentists have had specialized training to offer our patients a better alternative.
Our dentists are trained and certified to use the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to bring your existing gum tissue back over your teeth. This revolutionary gum recession treatment allows the same gingival coverage as traditional grafts performed by a specialist, but it does so in a far less invasive manner resulting in a nearly pain-free procedure and far shorter recovery time.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
This revolutionary gum recession treatment moves your gumline without any surgical cutting. In this treatment, your dentist will make a tiny hole in the existing gums. Special tools loosen the gum tissue around the opening. We carefully and gently pull those tissues through the hole to cover the right amount of each tooth. Finally, collagen strips are placed under the gums to help keep them there.
If you are ready to move your gums back where they belong with our gum recession treatment in Tulsa, OK, schedule an appointment today when you call 918-925-9687 or use our convenient online form for your next appointment.