Gum recession happens so slowly that we rarely notice it until our smiles look drastically different or our dentist points it out to us. Unfortunately, receding gums threaten more than the appearance of your beautiful smile, they leave your teeth vulnerable to decay and infection. While effective treatments are available, like gum grafting or the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), it is important to first determine what caused the gum recession in Kennewick, WA.

The Most Likely Source of Gum Recession

The most common reason for gum recession is gum disease. The bacteria that live in plaque must be cleared away with a regular brushing and flossing routine to ensure that your smile remains healthy. If the bacteria flourish, they infect the gums and over time, destroy the soft tissue. This results in gum recession.

What Additional Gum Recession Factors Should I Be Aware Of?

·         Aggressive brushing

·         Genetics

·         Poor oral hygiene

·         Oral piercings

·         Tobacco use

·         Teeth grinding

Why Do I Have Gum Recession in Only One Spot?

If you experience gum recession on only one or two teeth, or on one side of your mouth, then you can be relatively sure that it is the result of your brushing or flossing habits. It may not, however, be your fault. It is possible that the teeth in that area are too difficult to reach, because they are crooked or tightly packed together.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is a gum recession treatment that can be performed in a single visit. With PST, your dentist will create a small hole in the gum tissue and gently realign the gum tissue over the affected tooth, or teeth. It is performed without scalpels or sutures and provides excellent results with little discomfort or downtime.

Gum grafting is the most common treatment for gum recession. It consists of transferring soft tissue, usually from the roof of your mouth or a donor source, to the treatment site. The new tissue is sutured over the tooth surface and integrates with the existing tissue over time. Gum grafting is effective but takes several weeks for recovery.

If you suffer from gum recession, call our office to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Andrew T. Mohlman. Dr. Mohlman is certified to offer PST to treat gum recession in Kennewick, WA, providing you with the latest and most effective treatments to preserve the health of your smile.