Why do Gums Recede?
Receding gums can be the result of periodontal disease, teeth clenching, grinding, aggressive brushing, or the natural aging process. Genetics, hormones, and tobacco use can also cause receding gums.
Most patients with receding gums do not realize it because it happens gradually. You might notice some sensitivity or your teeth might seem longer. Recession can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gum line, allowing harmful bacteria and tartar to build up. This can lead to more advanced periodontal disease, tissue and bone deterioration, and eventual tooth loss.
The best way to prevent gum recession is to brush and floss every day using a proper technique and to keep up with your dental cleanings and checkups.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® can be used to treat most patients with receding gums as long as they have good oral health. It may not be recommended for patients who have advanced cases of recession or gum disease. Once the patient’s periodontal health is stable, we can recommend a treatment for gum recession. We have already seen great success when the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is used following laser treatments for gum disease.