Gum recession is one of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease. When you experience gum recession, it exposes your tooth roots and opens up the possibility of tooth loss as a result. At our office, Dr. Smith will provide a number of treatment options to help prevent and halt gum recession, including soft tissue grafting, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST). More information regarding the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) can be viewed on this website. We encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith to see if you believe that your gums are receding.

Gum recession occurs gradually in the earliest stages of periodontal disease, which can make it difficult to self-diagnose. You should continue to keep all your regular dental appointments, as your dentist and hygienist will be able to identify any gum recession before it can become more serious.

Some of the causes of gum recession include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Overaggressive brushing
  • Use of tobacco products

These factors may cause gum recession individual or in combination.

Common symptoms of gum recession include:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Teeth that look longer
  • Inflammation
  • Easy bleeding of the gums
  • Persistent halitosis (bad breath)

To learn more about our treatments for gum recession and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith to have your gums evaluated, please contact our office today.