Gum recession, also known as gum loss, is a risk to your oral and physical health. This is because gum recession can lead to rapid tooth decay, as well as the loss of teeth and bone.
We’re here to help heal your gums and restore your oral health. Most Palm Beach Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants patients with gum recession qualify for the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation procedure. Using the minimally invasive Chao Pinhole Technique®, Dr. Cohen can expand your gum tissue without gum grafting. The lasting results are virtually painless, aesthetically pleasing, and little downtime is required with the Pinhole technique.
For patients who traditional require gum grafting, Dr. Cohen works with you and your general dentist to minimize discomfort and promote rapid recovery.
Your oral health is part of your physical health. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is linked to heart disease and other systemic diseases. The connection lies in your bloodstream which carries bacteria from your gums through your body.
Beyond the oral-systemic health risks associated with gum recession, there are functional and aesthetic concerns to consider.
When gum loss occurs, the bone beneath the receding gum tissue deteriorates. Tooth loss becomes far more likely once bone loss begins. With gum recession the roots of your teeth become exposed, increasing your risk of decay at the root level. Gum recession can also create sensitivity when eating and drinking. If left untreated, chewing function can become diminished.
Over the root surface of each tooth is a layer of bone covered by a layer of gum tissue. The gum tissue acts like a protective blanket protesting your tooth’s root and the bone from decay. Due to a number of factors such as inflammation, thin gum tissue, tooth positioning, and rough tooth brushing, gum tissue can erode, and as a result, gum loss can occur.
When gum recession occurs, the bone beneath the receding gum tissue deteriorates as well, leaving the roots of your teeth exposed. You may experience gum recession slowly at first and then notice a more rapid rate of tissue decline. Aesthetically, your teeth may look longer. Physically, you will likely experience sensitivity while eating and drinking.