Treatment that Optimizes Patient Comfort
Gum recession treatment often provokes fear or anxiety with patients. Much stigma is attached to it, but in reality, procedures such as gum grafting are highly successful, predictable treatments for gum recession that have tremendous functional and aesthetic outcomes. Any gum recession treatment, including gum grafting, requires the expertise and skill of an experienced periodontist like Dr. Steven Feldman. Specializing in soft tissue treatments, he is trained in minimally invasive techniques and microsurgical dental instruments to optimize patient comfort during and after treatment for gum recession in Venice, FL. Dr. Feldman offers gum grafting along with a more modern approach, the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, to correct recession, restore oral health and enhance appearance.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession occurs for a variety of reasons, some of which cannot be controlled. But for a majority of patients, gum recession is a direct result of certain dental or health habits. If not treated, it can lead to sensitive or loose teeth, tooth decay, and even bone and tooth loss. Common causes of gum recession in Venice, FL, include:
- Periodontal disease (#1 cause)
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Plaque and tartar buildup
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Medications causing dry mouth
- Hormonal changes
- Hereditary factors
- Long-term tobacco use
- Diabetes and other diseases
Your Treatment Options
Depending on your unique gum recession case, you may be a candidate for either gum grafting or the Pinhole Surgical Technique. We can determine which is best for you during your consultation. Gum grafting is the process of taking soft tissue from either the patient’s own palate or a donor source and placing it over the tooth roots where gum recession has occurred. The graft will grow together with existing gum tissue to thicken the gums around the tooth root. Gum grafting not only halts the initial gum recession on the tooth, but helps to strengthen the gum tissue to reduce the risk for more recession. If you have gum recession on multiple teeth, the Pinhole Surgical Technique uses a specialized instrument to make a “pinhole” sized hole in the gums where they are then gently moved back into a correct position. No additional cutting, incisions or sutures are necessary.