Gum Recession Treatment
Dr. Morton is fully aware of how important your gums are to the health and appearance of your smile, and he will help you reverse the effects of gum recession. Let Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA help you keep your smile safe and get back your healthy gumline in no time through our gum recession treatment.
What Causes Gum Recession?
With gum recession, one of the services we provide is a pinhole surgical technique. This is a grafting technique that's more like a laparoscopic procedure, in that, we do all of the surgical procedure itself through small pinholes. I mean, if anyone's ever had the more traditional surgical grafting, it's often a very painful experience. The benefit to the pinhole surgical technique is that it's very quick. It doesn't require us taking tissues from somewhere else in the mouth, and it heals very rapidly.
Some patients refer to it as the lunchtime gum lift because they're actually able to go back to work after the procedure is done. Our biggest advocate for the procedure are the patients who may have had traditional gum grafting 10, 20 years ago, and they just remember the experience, so those are the patients who have been our biggest advocates for the procedure because they have a direct comparison of old technologies and techniques with newer ones.
Gum recession is a condition in which your gumline starts moving away from the crown of your teeth. This is an issue because of the important role your gums play in the support of your dental structure. Your gums help to hold your teeth in place, so when they start to recede, that support starts to wain. Your gums also protect the roots of your teeth. As the recession gets more severe, more of your roots are exposed. This leaves you open to infection, tooth decay, and possibly eventual tooth loss. Two of the most common causes of gum recession are:
Bad Habits – Tobacco use and poor oral hygiene are big contributors to gum recession. Smokeless tobacco can wreak havoc on your gumline, too, and with the addictive nature of the product, you may watch the effects and take no steps to correct them. All of these habits can lead to teeth that are barely holding on after a certain amount of time.
Gum Disease – This is another major reason people have gumlines heading in the wrong direction. The infection raging in your gums is destroying your healthy gum tissue and will move on to your jawbone if you don’t take measures to stop it.
What Treatments Can Help Correct Gum Recession?
At Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA, Dr. Morton offers two gum recession treatment options.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique – This technique was developed by Dr. John Chao. It is an amazing technique that allows Dr. Morton to make a single tiny hole in your gum tissue to gently move your gumline back into a more desirable position. This new position is better both cosmetically and structurally for your teeth and smile.
Gum Graft – By taking healthy gum material from one area of your mouth or from another source and moving it to the area experiencing gum recession, Dr. Morton can effectively correct your receding gums and stimulate new gum growth to improve your gumline. Dr. Morton will go over your specific situation and help you determine which treatment will best suit your needs.
Dr. Morton also helps treat the source of gum recession for all of our patients, including counseling on bad habits or performing gum disease treatments like scaling and root planing.
If you are ready to have a gum recession treatment, call Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA office today at 770-901-2719 to schedule your appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well. One of our staff members will reach out to you as soon as possible to confirm your date and time.