Gum recession is a serious problem that can lead to tooth sensitivity and leave your mouth at an increased risk of developing cavities. Luckily, dentists and periodontists have developed multiple treatment options over the years so you don’t have to live with gum recession. From the traditional gum grafting method to the newest pinhole surgical technique, there are multiple effective solutions.
The traditional method of treating gum recession is a surgical procedure known as gum grafting. This technique involves harvesting a small amount of gum tissue from another area of the mouth and stitching it in place on the receding gum line. There is also a variation in which a single incision is made on the gum line to create a flap by the receding area. This flap is then gently pulled down to cover the exposed teeth before being stitched in place.
There is a slightly newer version of gum grafting with AlloDerm. This is a Regenerative Tissue Matrix made of donated tissue which was processed to remove any cells and instead create the regenerative tissue matrix. It has been in use for at least 10 years and has a shorter recovery time than traditional gum grafting.
The best and most innovative surgical method for treating gum recession is the pinhole technique. Instead of having to cut tissue or suture new tissue in place, this technique only requires very small pinholes in the gums and no sutures or cutting. Instead, the periodontist creates these tiny pinholes in the gums by the recession. They then use special tools to gently bring the gum tissue down so it covers the exposed portion of the teeth. This results in very minimal trauma to gum tissue and no open wounds at all. As such, it has the fastest recovery time and is the most affordable option. You can even return to your normal diet almost immediately after the surgery.
Dr DeAndrade will go over the surgical methods of treating gum recession with you, and help you decide which option is the best for YOU.
To learn more about the differences between these three options, please download our infographic! It explains what you can and can’t eat with each, the price difference, the healing time etc.