Understanding the Severity of Gum Recession

Taking care of your teeth and gums often seems to take a back seat to other aspects of your physical health. However, neglecting your oral health can have serious consequences. Gum recession is one result of oral neglect, among other causes. Although this can end up being quite severe, the good news is that Dr. Lindsay Eastman can treat receding gums in many cases through procedures such as the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL.

What Causes Gums to Recede?

There are many different reasons why your gums may start to recede. One cause that is within your control has to do with the quality of your preventive care. Neglecting to brush or floss your teeth and to regularly see your periodontist, for example, could lead to periodontal disease, which could cause receding gums. Brushing your teeth too hard can also lead to a receding gum line. Other causes include:

  • Hormonal changes in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Piercings in the tongue or lip
  • Genetics

Though some causes may be out of your control, regular checkups can help you to identify a receding gum line before it becomes very serious.

The Chao Pinhole® Option

Although a cause for some concern, receding gums can be treated through procedures such as the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This is a minimally invasive alternative to full gum surgery. A pinhole incision is made into your gums and a special instrument is then used to help readjust the gum line. There is little to no bleeding, pain, or swelling from the treatment, and there is no need for sutures afterward. It is also a simple way to treat multiple teeth at one time.

Taking the Next Steps

Gum recession can lead to pain and eventually the loss of teeth if left untreated. Dr. Eastman can help you identify whether or not your gum line is a cause for concern and explore your options for treatment, including the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. To learn more about this procedure or to schedule a consultation, call 866-910-0629 for Bradenton or (941) 585-0869 for Lakewood Ranch.

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