Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls back exposing some of the tooth or the tooth’s root. During this time, pockets form between the teeth and gumline, which makes it easy for bacteria to build. When this is left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be damaged, which can lead to tooth loss. While this is a common problem, many people don’t even know they have it. The first sign is generally tooth sensitivity. Some people notice a notch near their gumline. Ultimately, this isn’t something that should be ignored.
If you think you have receding gums, our professional team at Premier Periodontics can help. Contact one of our convenient locations in Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Olympia, or Redmond, WA to schedule an appointment to learn more about what we can do to restore your oral health if you suspect you have gum recession or periodontal disease.
Reasons for receding gums
There are many reasons for receding gums, including:
Periodontal disease: These bacterial gum infections destroy gum tissue and the bone that holds teeth in place. Gum disease is a major cause of receding gums.
Genetics: Some people are much more susceptible to gum disease than others. Studies show that 30% of the population is more likely to get gum disease regardless of how well they care for their teeth.
Poor oral hygiene: Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash can make plaque turn into tartar. This hard substance builds on and between teeth, and can only be removed effectively at a routine dental cleaning at Premier Periodontics. When left untreated, gum recession can occur. Also, if you brush your teeth aggressively, it can cause your enamel to wear away. This can lead to gum recession too.
Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in hormones, such as in puberty, pregnancy, or even menopause can make the gums more sensitive and more likely to develop gum disease and gum recession.
Crooked teeth or misaligned bites: When teeth don’t come together properly, too much force is placed on the gums, which can allow the gums to recede.
What is the Chao Pinhole surgical technique?
At Premier Periodontics, we use innovative and effective treatment options to treat receding gums. One of our most minimally invasive procedures is known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST). A small opening is made in the gums and PST gently moves the receded gum tissue back to a better place while covering exposed roots. Our professional team is trained in this advanced Pinhole Surgical Technique.
First, the treatment area is numbed with local anesthesia. Next, a small, pinhole-sized opening is made into your gums. We use this entry point to loosen the gums and move them back to their proper position. Returning your gum line to a better place offers immediate protection for at-risk surfaces and helps to instantly improve your smile. Thin pieces of collagen are placed between the teeth and gums to hold the gumline in its new position until it finishes healing. We would love to help you decide if this no-incision, the no-suture approach is the best option for your receding gums.
Am I a candidate for PST?
PST may be a good option for your periodontal needs if you have sensitive teeth, changes in aesthetics of your smile, dark spaces between your teeth or discoloration or yellowing near the gums. PST is ideal for those who don’t want to go through gum grafting surgery or for those who need many areas treated. This procedure can treat the entire mouth in just one treatment session of 3 to 4 hours.
Learn more about gum recession treatment today
The best way to prevent gum recession is to take care of your teeth and gums. However, if you are experiencing receding gums, our professional team at Premier Periodontics can provide gingival recession treatment and other gum recession treatments. Contact one of our convenient locations in Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Olympia, or Redmond, WA to schedule an appointment to learn more about what we can do for your receding gums today.