Our gums play an extremely important role in our dental health. This pink soft, moist tissue holds our teeth in place and protects the root structure at the very bottom of the tooth. Unfortunately, sometimes the gum tissue can start to pull away from the teeth. When this happens, it is called gum recession, and it can lead to moderate to severe dental problems. This includes extensive decay, periodontal disease
Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors including:
- Abrasive/aggressive brushing. It is easy to see why people think that brushing harder will make their teeth cleaner, but in actual
- Gum disease. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease is an infection of the gums and a leading cause of gum recession.
- Bruxism. If you clench or grind your teeth when you sleep, you could be putting yourself at greater risk of developing a receding gum line.
- Your genetics. Unfortunately, the characteristics of your gums are largely determined by genetics too, and this means if either of your parents
- Trauma to the gum tissue, such as through injury or damage.
By far the biggest indicator that someone is suffering from gum recession is that their teeth look much longer than they should, and this is because the gum has pulled away from them. Other common symptoms include:
- Sore, red and bleeding gums, especially after brushing or flossing
- Visible reduction in gum size
- Overexposed teeth
- Exposed tooth roots
- Bad breath
- Teeth that seem loose
In the past, the main treatment for receding gums has been for the patient to receive soft tissue grafts. This involved taking soft tissue from another part of the patient’s body, or donor tissue, and using it to rebuild the gum line. While grafting has proved to be successful, it is an invasive process that requires quite extensive healing.
Dental practices have continued to evolve, and it is now possible to have your gums restored to their prior appearance and health using an innovative new technique known as Chao Pinhole surgery.
The Chao Pinhole surgical technique is minimally invasive, meaning that there is no need for incisions and sutures, and downtime after the procedure is minimal. There are also far
In Chao Pinhole surgery, your oral surgeon will make a series of small adjustments to the gum tissue, which is done through the tiny, pin-sized hole from which the technique gets its name. Once the hole has been created, tiny instruments will loosen, expand and lift sections of gum tissue so that they cover any areas of
The minimally invasive nature of this procedure provides patients with a range of benefits, including:
- Less post-operative discomfort
- No need for incisions or sutures
- No need to graft tissue from the patient or donor
- Significantly faster recovery time
- Visible results immediately after surgery
- Natural appearance and long-lasting results
If you are suffering from mild to moderate gum recession, you could be a suitable candidate for Chao Pinhole surgery. However, to assess your suitability properly, it will be necessary for you to attend a consultation appointment with our knowledgeable and experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Ostro. Dr. Ostro will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and use this along with information about your general and oral health, to determine if Chao Pinhole surgery is the best solution for your dental requirements.
Dr. Ostro provides exceptional quality dental services, including the Chao Pinhole technique for receding gums, to patients living in and around Manhattan, N.Y. To book your no-obligation consultation, please telephone our offices today.