Why do Gums Recede?
Receding gums can be the result of periodontal disease, teeth clenching, grinding, overly aggressive brushing habits, or the natural aging process. Genetics, hormones, and tobacco use can also cause the gums to be more sensitive and vulnerable to recession.
Most patients with receding gums do not realize that it is occurring because it happens gradually. Patients will typically notice some sensitivity or the appearance of longer teeth. 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 gum recession who are in otherwise 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.