As you get older, you might notice your gums starting to recede, creating unwanted changes in your smile appearance. When left untreated, gum recession gradually reveals more of each tooth’s root, which leads to more advanced problems. Your teeth may become more sensitive, develop decay, and even begin to loosen. To stop gum recession before it worsens, it is important to determine what is causing the condition in the first place. Several factors can lead to receding gums, with some of the most common being:
- Gum disease
- Injury to the gums
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Misaligned teeth
- Rigorous teeth brushing
To maintain good oral health and minimize gum recession, you should practice good oral hygiene, wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth during your sleep, and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. If you already have significant recession, our dentists may recommend Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™. This minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting surgery works by inserting a small pinhole tool to lengthen your existing gum tissue. The technique is an effective way to treat gum recession without the pain and recovery time associated with traditional gum grafting surgery.
Want to learn more? Contact Austin Dental Spa to schedule an appointment and learn if the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is right for you!