Alternative Gum Grafting

Have you noticed that the appearance of your smile is changing? Perhaps your teeth look longer or there seems to be more space between them? Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or foods? You might be one of the many people in Heber City, UT who are currently experiencing gum recession. 

What is Gum Recession?

Receding gums is very common, and in most cases, easily treatable. But it can actually cause serious oral problems for those who let the condition go unchecked and unchallenged. As the gums get more and more pushed back or worn away, the pink tissue that covers the roots of the teeth becomes more exposed. This can not only impact the appearance of the smile, it can leave your teeth at increased risk of infection and loss. 

What Causes Gums to Recede?

While poor oral health is definitely a leading cause of gum recession, there can be a number of contributing factors, including:
  • Smoking
  • Certain health conditions, such as diabetes
  • Overbrushing, or using a hard toothbrush
  • Genetics
  • Age 

How do You Treat Receding Gums?

If you catch gum recession early, a deep oral cleaning or medications can help. Unfortunately though, the symptoms of receding gums are so subtle, many people do not seek help until their condition is already well beyond the reach of these easier treatments, leaving surgeries, such as gum grafting, the only option. 

Pinhole Surgical Technique

Fortunately, for patients of Heber Valley Dental, we are certified in the groundbreaking Pinhole Surgical Technique for correcting recessed gums. This is a completely scalpel and suture-free procedure. We will simply make a small hole in the gum with a needle, gently loosen the gum tissue and then glide it over the receded part of your tooth. No cutting and no stitching means you also won’t have the traditional symptoms that come along with a traditional operation, such as pain, swelling, and bleeding. And for most patients, the cosmetic results will be instant. 

If you suspect you might be experiencing any level of gum recession, we encourage you to reach out to our caring team in our Heber City, UT, office as soon as possible. We’ll schedule a consultation for you as soon as possible. 

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