When it comes to your overall oral health picture, your gums are just as important as the pearly whites that rest in them. So why do people so often forget about them on the quest for a healthy, beautiful smile? Your dentist in Lancaster treats gum recession with a revolutionary method called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®.
Gum recession is what happens when the gum tissue appears to be pulling away from where it should be against the teeth. It’s easy to spot — you may notice that your tooth enamel right beneath your gum looks a shade darker than the rest of the tooth. Gum recession also causes sensitivity to heat, cold, and air, as more of the tooth’s root and sensitive nerve are exposed.
Why Gum Recession Occurs
There are two primary causes of gum recession: aggressive toothbrushing and periodontal (gum) disease.
You may feel like you’re getting a really good clean when you brush your teeth in hard back and forth strokes, but these forceful motions are likely injuring your gum tissue and causing it to recede instead.
Gum disease is also a significant factor in gum recession. Bacteria that lives between your gums and teeth gradually eats away at the healthy tissue. People who have serious cases of gum disease that is not treated may have recession so severe it causes loose, shifting teeth and causes the teeth to lose their strong foundation and eventually fall out.
Unfortunately, once gum tissue has been lost, it does not grow back. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique helps repair recessed gums for a healthier, more attractive smile.
About the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
The traditional method for replacing lost gum tissue was with a gum graft. Gum grafting procedures require a scalpel and sutures, and recovery periods are long. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) for gum recession offers a faster, non-invasive alternative.
PST works by simply pulling the remaining healthy gum tissue down to the part where it’s been lost. Your dentist creates a small hole in the gums, then gently works it down to the recessed area. Collagen inserted into the gums speeds up attachment.
The benefits of PST compared to a traditional gum graft are many. They include:
- No need for scalpel or sutures
- Quicker recovery time
- No visible stitches
- Return to your normal activities almost immediately
Stopping Gum Recession
Before or after PST, make sure your gums stay healthy and where they should be by taking some steps against recession.
Consider your toothbrushing technique first. Are you brushing in hard strokes? Try working in circular motions instead. Investing in an electric toothbrush can help you maneuver more effectively, since the head rotates/pulsates on its own.
Take steps to prevent gum disease, too. Make sure you’re brushing for two minutes, twice a day, and flossing daily. Stay away from tobacco and maintain a balanced, nutritious diet. Visiting your dentist every six months will allow us to help you prevent gum disease. We’ll also be able to spot and arrest recession almost as soon as it begins!
Talk to Us Today
If you’re dealing with shrinking gums, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mor Smiles. The Chao Pinhole Technique in Lancaster is a wonderful solution — and we can’t wait to see if it’s right for you. Please feel free to request an appointment online today!