Receding gums is a condition where your gums pull back from the tooth surface, which then exposes the root surfaces of your teeth. This is a form of gum disease and is a serious consequence of poor oral health, which may lead to tooth loss.
Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including aggressive brushing over the long term, hardened plaque buildup, smoking, hormonal changes in women, family history of gum disease, diabetes, and HIV. Certain medications can cause dry mouth, which increases your risk for receding gums as it means that your mouth has less saliva than it should. When you have a dry mouth, the tissues in your mouth can become vulnerable to bacterial infections and injuries.
Receding gums is something that is most common in adults 40 years of age and over, and for this reason, people often think that it is a normal sign of aging, and it can go untreated.
Symptoms of receding gums include bleeding after brushing or flossing, bad breath, red, swollen gums, pain at the gum line, exposed tooth roots, visibly shrinking gums, and loose teeth. Receding gums will be diagnosed by a dentist who will give you a physical examination.
In the past, the only way to cover exposed dental roots was gum grafting surgery where gum tissue was harvested from other areas of the mouth. Traditional gum surgery was something that often created a lot of bleeding, and many patients found it uncomfortable. Today, however, the solution is far better with the pinhole surgical technique. During pinhole surgery, a tiny incision is made above the affected tooth or teeth. Then tiny collagen strips are placed inside of the incision, holding the tissue in place and encouraging healing. This means it is far more comfortable for the patient than traditional methods, and there are reduced chances of infection. The incisions are so small that it means that patients also won’t have to live with scarred gum tissue.
Not only is it a far more comfortable procedure, but the pinhole surgical technique is a faster procedure as dentists can treat several teeth at a time. Most patients will see the desired results in one or two pinhole surgical treatments, whereas in the past, traditional gum surgery often required several sessions.
While some patients experience some bruising and swelling following pinhole surgery, the procedure does offer instant results, which means that patients can enjoy full gum coverage immediately following the procedure, fending off dental sensitivity.
If you have gum recession, you are likely to qualify for the pinhole surgical technique. You will need to make an appointment with the Dental Partners of Boston to determine whether the pinhole surgical technique is right for you. During your consultation with the doctor, you will find out about the benefits of pinhole surgery and whether it would alleviate your symptoms.