Gum Recession Treatment
So, for gingival grafting, the traditional surgery for that has, in the past, is very uncomfortable. They actually will take a piece of a tissue out of the roof of your mouth and transplant it over the root where the recession is, and there's a lot of sutures, there's a lot of cutting of the gum, and postoperatively a lot of pain. Patients who've had that don't always want to go back. Unfortunately, you can only treat one to two teeth at a time in most cases. For patients who have recession in a lot of areas, they have to go for several surgeries. A new technique, or it's been around actually for 10 years, but it's more well-known at this point, is called pinhole surgical technique, and we're able to do the same result with only one access point. There's no sutures, there's no cutting, and you're lowering the gum down, and you can treat an entire arch or an entire mouth in one visit. There's really minimal postoperative discomfort, so it's a really great way to treat it.
Our Houston, TX dentist, Dr. Juarez and Dr. Lindskog, are specially trained to help get your gums back where they need to be using either the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique or a gum grafting procedure.
Your Gum Recession Treatment Options
If your gums have receded, we have two oral surgery methods to restore your confidence and your oral health.
The Chao Pinhole Technique is an innovative gum recession treatment. We will create a pinhole in your gums, gently loosen your gums above the affected area, and carefully guide your gums back to their proper position. In many cases, patients heal overnight!
Gum grafting is a tried-and-true method of restoring your gumline. We will take a small piece of tissue and place it where your gums have receded. After a brief healing period, your whole smile, including your gums, will look great!
Comfort Options, Dental Sedation
To ensure your optimum comfort, we will use an anesthetic to numb your mouth before we begin your gum recession treatment. To help relieve any dental anxiety you might feel, we also offer three forms of dental sedation:
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral conscious sedation
- IV sedation
Our calming, soothing team will also help entertain and distract you with:
- Headphones playing relaxing music
- Personal movie glasses with Netflix
Potential Reasons For A Gum Recession Treatment
If your gums have receded because of gum disease, we will help restore their health by providing a gum disease treatment first. Here are some other common causes of gum recession:
- Tobacco use
- Certain illnesses
- Bruxism (grinding/clenching your teeth)
- Poor occlusion (a bad bite)
- Toothbrush abrasion
No matter the cause, your trusted Houston, TX dentist can help!