Gum Recession Treatment in Brentwood
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that puts you at risk of serious oral health problems. Without a healthy, strong foundation, your oral health suffers, gum disease progresses, and tooth loss becomes a very real risk.
One of the problems associated with gum disease is gum recession, the loss of gum tissue that surrounds your teeth. As the gums recede, the root surfaces of a tooth or teeth become exposed, allowing decay and disease to affect teeth along the gum line. Aside from being unsightly, gum recession can affect both the structure and function of the tooth.
Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons including advanced gum disease, the aging process, or over-brushing. Signs of gum recession also referred to as root exposure, are visible tooth roots, hot and cold sensitivity, and in some advanced cases, loose teeth.
How Do You Treat Gum Recession?
At Sullivan Dental Partners, we’re dedicated to staying current with all the latest dental techniques and advances in technology. Once we know you have gum recession, we can then take the necessary steps to correct the problem and get your oral health back on track.
In the past, treating gum recession involved gum grafting, an uncomfortable process that included several weeks of recovery. But today, thanks to advances in techniques developed by Dr. John Chao, no grafting is necessary using his state-of-the-art Pinhole Surgical Technique, or PST. Dr. Rick is proud to be one of only three dentists in the Nashville area to use this revolutionary procedure.
How Does the Pinhole Surgical Technique Work?
Dr. Sully starts by making a small hole with a needle. Then, using a specially designed instrument, he carefully loosens the gum tissue and shifts it down over the teeth. Using this technique, we can move gum tissue with minor trauma.
The procedure is minimally invasive and leaves no open wounds. You don’t have to worry about painful cutting, so you will experience minimal post-operative symptoms.
Why Should Gum Recession Be Taken Seriously?
When the gums recede, the roots of the tooth are exposed. This leaves them at risk of problems like tooth decay along and beneath the gum line. You need healthy gums to enjoy a healthy smile, so getting gum recession under control is essential for long-term dental health.
Please Call for More Information
Have you been told you have receding gums and your only option is painful gum surgery? You owe it to yourself to call Sullivan Dental Partners and arrange a convenient consultation. We’ll explain the Pinhole Surgical Technique, describe the procedure, and answer your questions. Check out some of our work here!