If you’re one of the 47% of Americans with periodontal disease, you’re also at risk of gum recession. When left untreated, gum recession increases your risk of bone decay and loose teeth. At Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, Texas, Afshin Vahadi, DDS, Vafa Mirshams, DDS, and the team provide safe and effective treatment for gum recession using the pinhole surgical technique®. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today.
Gum Recession Q & A
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is a common oral health problem that causes your gum tissue to pull away from your teeth. Without prompt intervention, gum recession exposes your tooth roots, increasing your risk of severe periodontitis, tooth sensitivity, and ultimately, tooth loss.
Early on, it’s possible to treat and reverse gum recession with conservative measures. As the problem gets worse, surgical intervention like a soft tissue graft may be necessary.
What are the symptoms of gum recession?
In its early stages, gum recession doesn’t always present obvious signs. In fact, many people with receding gums experience no symptoms at all. As the condition gets worse, indicators include bad breath, loose teeth, or increased tooth sensitivity.
When you look at your teeth in the mirror, you might also notice that they appear longer or have no gum tissue between them. If you experience these or other telltale signs of gum recession, contact the team at Lone Star Dental Care right away.
How is gum recession diagnosed?
To diagnose gum recession, the team at Lone Star Dental Care conducts a thorough oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your symptoms. Gum recession is usually visible to the naked eye, but if you have a severe case of gum disease, your provider might recommend X-rays to see if there’s any bone damage.
After gathering the necessary information, your provider develops a custom care plan to preserve your gums and prevent further damage.
How is gum recession treated?
At Lone Star Dental Care, the team uses the pinhole surgical technique® to treat gum recession. The pinhole surgical technique is different from soft tissue grafting in that it doesn’t involve cutting or stitching.
Instead, your provider uses special surgical instruments to gently reposition loose or receding gum tissue. The pinhole surgical technique only takes one to two hours and produces stable results that last for years at a time. What’s more, your provider can treat all areas of your mouth in one sitting, saving you the hassle of multiple visits and lengthy recovery times.
How does the pinhole surgical technique compare to soft tissue grafting?
Compared to traditional soft tissue grafting, the pinhole surgical technique presents a variety of advantages, including:
- Healthier, more attractive gums
- A significantly reduced risk of infection
- No bleeding, swelling, or discomfort
- Scalpel-free treatment
Additionally, the pinhole surgical technique preserves a maximum amount of healthy, natural gum tissue. This alone ensures your smile stays happy and healthy for years to come.
If gum recession negatively affects your confidence or self-esteem, schedule an appointment at Lone Star Dental Care. Book a consultation online, or call the office today.