Have you noticed that you have lost some gum tissue? It is not your imagination. Receding gums are an unfortunate symptom of periodontal disease and can be the result of many additional factors, such as crooked teeth, bruxism, or brushing your teeth too aggressively. While restoring your receding gums may not strike you as critical to your health, your gums do provide you with a barrier to infection and decay that should be repaired as soon as possible for optimal oral and overall health.
What Type of Receding Gums Treatment is Available?
There are several methods of treatment utilized by Dr. Brent Nichols. First, the source of the recession must be addressed. If your receding gums are the result of periodontal disease, for example, Dr. Nichols may recommend antibiotic therapy or deep cleanings to stop the progression of the infection which can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and pancreatic cancer, among other health complications. Once the cause of your gum recession is treated, your smile can be repaired with receding gums treatments, including gum grafting procedures or the Pinhole Surgical Technique™.
Gum grafting is a method of transferring gum tissue from one area of your mouth to another. Tissue is typically taken from the roof of the mouth and used to cover your exposed tooth structure. It is a highly effective receding gums treatment.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™) also corrects receding gums but instead of transferring tissue, it utilizes the gum tissue at the treatment site. Using special dental tools, Dr. Nichols can loosen the tissue that holds your gum tissue above a single tooth, allowing him to gently lower it to cover an exposed root. No scalpels or stitches needed, just an immediately healthier smile.
Read more about PST™ here.