With the passing years, our gums can recede. When the gums recede, more of the tooth root is exposed. This can be due to a variety of reasons: overly aggressive brushing or flossing, genetics, grinding your teeth, tooth trauma, or poor oral hygiene.
Dr. Fong is one of the few dentists worldwide that have been trained in a new procedure to rejuvenate the gums, bringing them back down lower on the teeth. This amazing method doesn’t require incisions and sutures and has an easy recovery.
The procedure is called pinhole gum rejuvenation. Here are some whys and hows on Dr. Fong’s procedure to address receding gums.
Why are my gums receding?
The most common reasons for gum recession are:
- Overly aggressive brushing or flossing — While it’s great to be proactive about your home hygiene, you can’t be too aggressive. If you brush too firmly, or if you’re using a toothbrush that is too hard, it can cause the gums to recede.
- Poor hygiene — Gum recession can be a sign of the start of gum disease that is a result of poor hygiene.
- Genetics — If one of both of your parents had receding gums, you probably will too.
- Abnormal alignment — If your teeth aren’t aligned, your gums can recede.
- Bruxism — Bruxism, the clinical term for nightly tooth grinding, leads to gum recession. We can give you a night guard to stop the grinding.
- Trauma — If you’ve injured your teeth your gums can pull back.
How to get the gums to come back down?
Traditionally, the only way to address gum recession was with gum grafting. Tissue was taken from the roof of the mouth and transplanted under the gums down further onto the teeth (where the gums originally were). This created lots of sutures at both locations, and was very painful.
Then a new method was developed.
Pinhole gum rejuvenation
Seeking an easier, less painful method to address receding gums, Dr. John Chao developed a new technique, the Pinhole Technique. The Chao Pinhole Technique doesn’t rely upon taking tissue from the roof of the mouth. Instead, a small hole is placed in the tissue above the gums and then the gums are pushed downwards to cover the recession. Collagen is then placed into the hole to add structure and keep the gum tissue in place. In this method, there are no sutures and the holes to access the gums heal quickly, often in the first day.
Dr. Fong is one of the few practitioners worldwide who has received training from the Chao Pinhole Academy, and is certified in this new procedure.
If your gums are receding, the Pinhole Technique used by Dr. Fong is a great procedure. Call us at (714) 549-1903 to schedule an appointment.