January 16, 2016

Gum recession is a common complication of gum disease, which affects almost half of Americans. Gum disease is more common in men than women, and those who smoke are more likely to develop the disease. Of the adults in the United States over 30, close to 65 million battle some form of gum disease. In order to combat this common disease, Dr. Lowe is committed to offering patients minimally-invasive treatment options that not only improve the smile, but also affect the overall health of the body.

National Without a Scalpel Day is January 16th, and we want to take this opportunity to explore the benefits that come from the Pinhole™ Surgical Technique that utilizes laser technology to treat gum recession.

Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession can be caused by a variety of things, including:

  • Genetics
  • Body piercings
  • Bite misalignment or crooked teeth
  • Tobacco use
  • Periodontal disease
  • Changes in hormones
  • Poor brushing techniques or poor oral hygiene habits
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth

As the gum tissue pulls back from the surrounding teeth, the condition is known as gum recession. Not only does this affect the cosmetic value of your smile, but it also creates an environment that is prime for developing infection.

Gum disease and recession are directly related to other diseases of the body, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. This illustrates the importance of treating the condition before it gets out of hand.

Treatment Options for Gum Recession

While there are several ways to treat gum recession, we are proud to offer a minimally-invasive option that only requires one tiny incision. This incision requires no sutures, and the gums are not cut or reattached during the procedure. Rather, stretched over the exposed root after being stretched by special instruments.

Give Us a Call

To learn more about our treatment options, schedule an appointment with our dentist in Hays, KS, today. We strive to offer you the best in technology and procedures for all your oral health ailments.



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