Gum recession is a serious concern that can cause a host of problems. Our experienced periodontist uses an advanced treatment developed and patented by Dr. John Chao called Pinhole Surgical Technique, which can help patients restore the gumline without the need for major surgery or sutures. If you believe you may have gum recession, or a dentist has informed you of this concern, we can help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile again.
Gum recession is defined as the exposure of the tooth roots caused by a receding gumline. In a healthy mouth, the gumline should serve as a protective cover for the base of the teeth; however, untreated bacteria buildup causes the gums to erode, leaving the tooth roots vulnerable to potential infection. There are several reasons why the gums may recede from their original position at the base of the teeth, including:
When the gums pull away from the teeth, this is usually the result of gum disease. However, gum recession can also be caused by the natural effects of the aging process and individuals who are 65 and older can be more susceptible to gum disease than other patients. Genetics also play a role, as men and women who are predisposed to thin gum tissue may experience receding gums.
With its multitude of benefits compared with traditional gum recession surgery, pinhole surgery provides some clear advantages, including:
Additionally, pinhole surgery can achieve a lasting, natural-looking outcome just the same as can be obtained with traditional and more aggressive methods.
Gum recession treatment should only be performed by a highly qualified periodontist who is a certified provider in the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Dr. Erez Nosrati has unique training and specialized experience in surgical periodontics that make him well-equipped to perform pinhole gum rejuvenation. Dr. Nosrati has spent over 15 years specializing in periodontics and serves as a diplomate to the American Board of Periodontology, as well as an Assistant Professor of Periodontics at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Needless to say, Dr. Nosrati is certified to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique and has the skills and experience necessary to safely reposition the gums into a healthier location.
Gum recession is a very common dental concern that affects nearly 88 percent of people. While the problem is relatively widespread, it can be very simple to both treat and prevent gum recession for the long-term future. In general, the likelihood of developing gum recession is reduced when patients:
For more information on how pinhole surgery can help you correct gum recession, contact Scripps Center for Dental Care to schedule a consultation with our extensively trained periodontist.