Have you noticed that your teeth have become sensitive to hot and cold lately? While there are a handful of factors that can result in this condition, the leading cause is gum recession. Gum recession is an erosion of the gum tissue that leaves more and more of your tooth surface exposed to extreme temperatures. Most often attributed to periodontal disease, sensitive teeth in Kennewick, WA can be corrected with treatments to remove infection and restore the gum line.

Is Your Tooth Sensitivity Due to Gum Recession?

While an experienced dentist or periodontist will diagnose your condition, you may already know the cause. Sensitivity can result from using over the counter teeth whitening products or may be a sign of an infected tooth. Typically though, the exposed tooth roots characteristic of prolonged periodontal disease is the source.

Is Gum Disease Causing Your Receding Gums?

There are several contributors to gum recession, including:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Teeth grinding
  • Trauma to the mouth or gums
  • Smoking/tobacco habits
  • Oral piercings

Most people with receding gums find out that they have periodontal disease. Symptoms of which include bleeding gums, bad breath, teeth sensitivity, gum recession, loose teeth, and the loss of teeth and bone. After treatment to address the oral infection, gum tissue must be restored to healthy levels. While traditional gum surgery is effective, there is a more comfortable, more convenient method available, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®). PST® can be performed in one visit without the use of scalpels or sutures, repairing your gum tissue with less discomfort and fewer trips to the dentist.

Dr. Andrew Mohlman is a skilled periodontist offering the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a minimally invasive solution to receding gums. Call our office now to schedule a consultation for Dr. Mohlman to look at your sensitive teeth in Kennewick, WA and enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile again.