When gums recede, it not only can be unattractive, it can also be a sign of a bigger problem. Gum disease generally causes gum recession, and ignoring the problem only leads to more problems with your teeth and overall well-being. If you notice that more of your teeth are showing than they used to or your teeth are longer, this is a sign of receding gums. In addition, your teeth may be sensitive to heat or cold. There may also be a darkened indentation of the tooth at the gum line. When you brush your teeth, your gums may bleed. Fortunately, when you notice these signs, you can get treatment before the problem worsens.
If the gums have receded too much, you may need treatment to repair the tissue. Traditionally, gum recession treatment involved grafting tissue over the area that was in deficit. It can take weeks for this procedure to heal, but it is an effective treatment method. However, you may need multiple appointments and healing time.
An alternative to this treatment is Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
The PST procedure does not involve surgery or sutures, which means your mouth can heal quicker following the treatment. In this procedure, Dr. Breiterman accesses the receded area through a pinhole. Tissue is loosened up and moved into the right position. Cosmetically, you will see improvements immediately. We can treat multiple areas at once, which reduces the number of appointments needed for treatment. There is very little post-procedure discomfort with PST, and you should be able to resume your normal day following the procedure.
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for the pinhole surgical technique in Wayne, NJ, schedule an appointment with our office and ask for a consultation. We can put together the best treatment plan to help you achieve the results you want and to keep your mouth healthy for the rest of your life.