Gum recession, while generally caused by gum disease, can result from lifestyle habits, changes in hormones or even oral piercings. Luckily, there are quick and painless ways to restore the health of your gums.
Dr. Patel is highly trained in restoring the health of gums while correcting soft-tissue cosmetic issues.
Common factors of gum recession include periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes, tobacco use and oral piercings. During your initial visit, our staff will assess your mouth and determine the main cause of your gum recession.
If you are currently suffering from gum disease, seek treatment. Gum disease will not stop on its own and will quickly spread throughout your mouth. Gum recession can be treated with gum grafts, pocket reduction surgery or pinhole surgery.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a noninvasive and quick alternative to traditional gum grafting. Healthy gum tissue is repositioned through a tiny “pinhole” opening that is so small that it doesn’t require sutures. The surgery can be completed in about 30 minutes with immediate results and fast recovery time.
Gum grafting is the more traditional way to treat gum recession. We take healthy tissue and use it to cover the root of the tooth. As the tissue heals, it joins with the existing tissue to give you healthier gums.
Patients who struggle with periodontal disease can also have gum recession. We treat this through pocket reduction surgery to eliminate any infection and allow the tissue to naturally reattach.
Your best defense against gum recession is maintaining great oral health by brushing and flossing regularly. Infinite Smiles offers nutritional counseling and advice for maintaining healthy gums.
To prevent gum recession and maintain gum health, we recommend avoiding tobacco use and grinding your teeth. Smoking or smokeless tobacco contribute to gum infections and poor oral health, while increasing your risk of oral cancers.
Grinding or clenching teeth can cause gum recession. Common signs of grinding or clenching are headaches and migraines. We offer several oral appliances to prevent grinding and clenching and to prevent headaches.
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