The Pinhole Surgical Technique For Recessed Gums
Your gums are supposed to cover the roots of your teeth. And when you smile, people should be able to see a little bit of your gums. That’s normal. But when your gums start to recede and pull away from your teeth, that’s not normal at all. You might need a gum recession treatment Highland Township, MI at Highland Advanced Dental Care.
What Causes Gums to Recede?
- Grinding your teeth (bruxism): This is probably the biggest cause. Every time you bite down, you are putting some pressure on your teeth, which in turn puts pressure on your gums. Normally, this isn’t a problem. But if you suffer from bruxism — unconsciously grinding your teeth a lot, especially at night — then you are putting a type of pressure on your teeth that they are not designed to take. This can lead to irritation along the gum line, and the gums recede as they get overworked.
- Poor alignment of teeth: Your teeth are supposed to bite down in a particular way. If your bite is out of alignment, you could be putting extra pressure on your teeth and gums, leading to recession.
- TMJ issues: Along the same lines, if you are suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD/TMJ) and clenching your teeth a lot, then you could be damaging the gums as well.
- Untreated dental issues: Your teeth and gums work together. This makes sense, since they are connected. So when your teeth have damage or problems that go untreated, the gums around the teeth can get affected as well.
- Periodontal disease: The bacteria that cause cavities can also get on and under your gums. When this happens, they irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, a condition that can make your gums more easily affected by the problems above. Advanced periodontal disease will most likely cause the gums to pull away from the teeth.
- While brushing itself does not cause gum recession, aggressive brushing and flossing can be a contributing factor. Of course, you should be brushing and flossing your teeth. But some people take it too far. Either they use a brush with hard bristles, or they just brush and floss way too hard in a misguided effort to get things as clean as possible. Doing so can damage your gums and contribute to an unhealthy situation.
- Genetics: As with so many health issues, genetics plays a role. Some people are just naturally predisposed to getting periodontal disease, which can lead to receding gums.
- Injury: If you have damaged your gum tissue through an accident or injury, such as in sports or a car accident, such damage can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth.
- Smoking and tobacco use: As if you needed another reason to stay away, smoking and using tobacco (such as dip, pouches, or vaporizers) can damage your gums and cause them to move away from your teeth.
- Hormonal changes: Hormones affect a lot inside our bodies, and the gums are no exception. Pregnancy, menopause, and similar times of big hormonal changes have been linked to making the gums overly sensitive, which can lead to them getting damaged or irritated more easily.
- Lip and tongue piercings: While oral piercings might look nice, your mouth was never designed for bits of metal to be in there. Piercings can rub up against the gums, and that kind of chronic irritation can make the gums recede.
How We Can Help
There are several ways we can help with gum recession. First is to treat the underlying causes of the gum recession. This may included addressing grinding habits, re-aligning teeth, treating gum disease or other dental issues.
If gum disease is part of the problem, we can use a technique called root planing and scaling to help remove the harmful bacteria that might cause periodontal disease. This method of deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar at and below the gumline, giving your gums time to heal and rest.
As far as treating the actual gum recession surgery, Dr. James LoCascio was the first Michigan general dentist to be trained in the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for gum recession treatment. In this procedure, Dr. James LoCascio makes a pinhole in the receding gums and then gently moves the gum tissue around to cover the parts of the tooth that were supposed to be covered. The pinhole technique is very fast and effective, and it can often be completed in just one visit. And with this procedure, there’s no cutting or suturing, meaning you will heal much faster.
Receding gums look bad, but they are also a health hazard. Your teeth are supposed to be partially covered by gums, so when you expose more of your teeth, you’re increasing your risk for dental health problems. That’s why our gum recession treatment, including the pinhole technique, are so important. Call us at 248-329-3552 to schedule your gum recession treatment appointment, or use our convenient online form.