The nose and the ears continue growing all throughout our lives. But while it may seem like your teeth may be doing the same, there’s likely an unrelated reason your teeth may seem to be getting longer: gum recession. Find out how gum disease can cause the gums to recede and learn what a periodontist in Chicago, IL can do to help you turn back the tide against gum recession.
Gum Disease and Recession
There isn’t a singular cause of gum recession, but one of the most common is gum disease. Gum disease can cause the gums to separate from the teeth, creating pockets of space that become overrun with bacteria. Left untreated, the gums will continue to recede until the teeth loosen and begin to fall out.
Here are some other common causes of gum recession:
- Poor oral care at home
- Genetics and hormones
- And many more
Traditionally, gum grafting has been the best solution for treating receding gums. Because lost gums won’t regenerate in many cases, healthy gum tissue has to be taken from another area of the mouth to patch up the receding gum line. However, there’s a proven alternative to gum grafting has emerged: the Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Instead of grafting new gums into the attention area, periodontists using the Pinhole technique to simply make the current gums go farther. Using a hole the size of a pen’s head, the periodontist will carefully pull the receding gums forward – back over the areas they once covered.
While conventional gum grafting is still the be solution for some cases, here’s a quick look at some of the top benefits of going with the Pinhole Surgical Technique:
- Minimally invasive
- Minimal bleeding and no need for stitches
- Fast healing time and minimal discomfort
- Benefits immediately visible
- No need for an appointment to have stitches removed