Receding gums are a major dental concern for a number of reasons. The most obvious concern for patients is the appearance of the smile. As the gums recede, more of the tooth is exposed, and this can often cause an unattractive or uneven smile.
More than the cosmetic concerns, however, receding gums can lead to a host of other dental concerns. As the gum line recedes, the tooth’s root becomes exposed. This area of the tooth is not protected by hard enamel like the tooth’s crown and so it is more susceptible to tooth decay. Receding gums also leads to deterioration of the bone, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
What Causes Receding Gums?
A number of factors can contribute to receding gums, most commonly they are caused by or contributed to by:
- Smoking and/or tobacco use
- Gum disease
- Over-brushing (brushing too vigorously)
- Hormonal changes (such as pregnancy)
- Certain types of medication
- Poor oral hygiene
- How to Fix Receding Gums
Receding gums must be treated by a professional. An experienced dentist, like Dr. Upadya, can evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment for your situation. If you have just started to notice receding gums and your condition is not advanced, we may offer you a nonsurgical treatment method with some special instructions for at home care.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation – Lunchtime Gumlift™
For patients who have more advanced gum recession, Dr. Upadya may offer a number of treatments including the new micro-invasive Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation technique known as the Lunchtime Gumlift™. Dr. Upadya is one of 150 dentists worldwide to be trained and certified by Dr. John Chao, the inventor of the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This treatment is an alternative to traditional gum grafting and does not require any cutting or stitches.
Dr. Upadya will use a small needle to make a hole in the gum tissues. The pinhole technique uses specially designed dental tools to gently loosen the gum tissue and move it over the receded part of the tooth. He will place collagen strips under the gums to secure the gum tissue as it heals. This can be accomplished with the use the scalpels and will not require stitches. Since there is not cutting involved, there is minimal post operative pain. The pin sized hole made should heal fairly quickly. This procedure is safe, effective and offers the most comfort for the patient.
Benefits of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
- No incisions, no sutures
- Performed in our East Hanover NJ dentist office
- Local anesthesia
- Quick, safe treatment
- More teeth can be treated in a single visit compared to traditional gum surgery
- Much faster healing time, most patients can eat a normal dinner on the evening of their procedure
Schedule a Consultation for Receding Gums
To avoid long term problems, it is best to deal with receding gums as soon as possible. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with East Hanover, NJ and Summit, NJ area dentist Dr. Raj Upadya and find out which treatments are best to fix your gum recession. Call 973.241.5169 or request an appointment online.