Gum recession. Everyone dreads it, but almost everyone experiences it in one form or another. And that recession is not only an unfortunate place for food to get stuck and ruin your smile, it can also lead to sensitivity, tooth decay at the gumline, bone reduction, and even tooth loss. But don’t worry! Our grafting procedures can help repair the recessed gum, cover the sensitive root, and protect you from additional bone loss.
Why Gums Recede
Gum recession can occur for a wide variety of reasons including:
- Genetic predisposition
- Gum disease
- Overly aggressive tooth brushing
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or other tobacco use
- Clenching or grinding of your teeth
How We Can Help
We offer a number of surgical gum grafting procedures to cover the exposed tooth root with new tissue. This tissue can be your own tissue or tissue from a tissue bank. Either way, as the tissue heals, your gum line will look and feel healthier and more attractive.
Connective Tissue Grafting
The most commonly used procedure for treating root exposure, is the connective tissue graft. For this particular graft, we simply cut a small flap in the roof of your mouth and gently remove some donor tissue, known as subepithelial tissue, to cover your gums. The flap we have created is then closed and stitched back into place, covering the donor site. Because your own tissue is used, there are very few risks and most of our patients experience tremendous success.
Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Instead of removing tissue from the roof of your mouth and suturing it to the affected gums, Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation allows your existing gum tissue to be maneuvered into place – without any cutting whatsoever! Instead, a pinhole is made under the lip in the upper portion of your gums. A delicate tool is inserted in the pinhole and used to loosen the tissue from the bone. Once the tissue has been gently loosened, it can be draped over the areas of recession. Collagen strips are applied to support the gum tissue and hold everything in place. You will leave our office looking great, and the pinhole will heal completely in 24 hours.
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Our gum grafts can also be used before orthodontic treatment and to prevent root decay. We always keep you comfortable and we offer oral and IV sedation, as well as the more traditional nitrous oxide, to help you stay absolutely relaxed during the entire procedure.