As the gums recede over time, you may notice small pockets or gaps that form between the gum line and the teeth. These pockets make it easy for plaque to build up, leading to advanced periodontal disease that can affect your overall health. Not only can gum disease lead to the ultimate loss of bone support and teeth, it is also linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease.
Because gum recession is a gradual process, you may not even notice it until it is a problem. Typically, the tooth will become sensitive and may start to appear longer than is normal. You may also notice a notch near the gum line as the gums recede. Patients with receding gums in Tampa, FL are urged to be aware of the signs of gum disease, such as gum recession, and seek early treatment.
Causes of Gum Recession
As with most conditions, gum recession can be caused by a variety of factors.
- Inadequate dental care
- Hormonal changes
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Clenching or grinding of teeth
- Lip or tongue piercings
- Tobacco products
- Misaligned bite or crooked teeth
Some of these factors can be controlled, while others are completely out of your hands. Because of this, it’s important to see a dental health professional on a regular basis to keep gum recession under control.
Treating Gum Recession Surgically
Several surgical options are available for treating receding gums.
- Tissue regeneration
- Pocket depth reduction
- Soft tissue graft
- Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Here at Knellinger Dental Excellence, we are proud to offer the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for treatment of gum recession. During the procedure, a small hole is made above the recessed area, and special instruments are used to loosen the gum tissue and gently move it down into a more natural position. Collagen strips are then placed to help stabilize the position of the gums. This procedure is scalpel and suture free, making recovery easier.
Give Us a Call
Call us today at 727-475-5519 to schedule an appointment to learn more about gum recession and how it can be repaired so you have the smile you’ve always wanted.