If your gums have receded so far that your tooth root is showing, it may be time for a visit to the dentist. At Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry we understand that each and every patient is unique. Dr. Spitz and our helpful staff will carefully craft each procedure to best suit your needs, and highly recommend the new state-of-the-art Pinhole Surgical Technique to fix your receding gums.
Gum recession is a serious issue, as prolonged damage exposes the tooth root to all sorts of potentially harmful bacteria and infections. This could lead to tooth decay, with heavy erosion and, if left untreated, even tooth loss. Your gums are a vital part of your oral health, keeping your teeth firmly in place and comfortably, so it’s important to make sure they are just as healthy as well.
What Makes a Good Candidate
The best candidates for the Pinhole Surgical Technique are those who truly need it, and prefer not to go through the traditional gum graft procedure. Patients who have gums that have receded to a certain point, but also have maintained generally good oral health, are eligible for the Pinhole Surgical Technique.
There have been cases where patients have benefitted more from a traditional gum graft, depending on the state of their receded gums. Don’t worry – the first step is to consult with Dr. Spitz, who can help you determine which procedure is best for you and your gums.
Other Causes of Gum Recession
To understand if you need pinhole surgery, you don’t necessarily need to be suffering from a gum or periodontal disease to have gum recession. While gum disease can be the main culprit for why many of our patients have receded gums, there are actually other factors that can affect the overall health of your gum. Below we’ve listed some additional causes of gum recession. If you have discovered that your gums have receded as a result of these, let us know at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Surgery.
- Aggressive brushing – when you apply lots of pressure during brushing, the harsh bristles can thrust your gums upwards over time.
- Grinding/Clenching your teeth – when force is applied to the top of the tooth, it affects the gums too and causes them to recede.
- Poor hygiene – when you neglect visits to the dentist or your daily oral regimen, the plaque build-up often leads to tooth decay, one of the leading causes of gum recession.
- Smoking and tobacco – smoking and using other tobacco products such as dip or spit tobacco can weaken the gums, making them more susceptible to recession.
- Hereditary gum tissue – your gum tissue may simply be inherited from your family. If your family has a history of gum issues, let us know.
If you have fallen victim to any of the above and have receded gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique could be for you. Regardless of how your gums have receded, you deserve a perfect, framing smile and Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry can help you get there.
Contact Us to Learn More
Your gums are an essential part of your oral health, acting as both frame and stabilization for your teeth. If your gums have receded to the root, contact us today to uncover the best gum rejuvenation treatment for you. We welcome all new and current patients from Boston, Brookline, and Pembroke, MA at our Brookline office and can schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Spitz. At Smileboston we pride ourselves on quality service and look forward to assisting you with the Pinhole Surgical Technique today.