December 10, 2018

Gum disease brings numerous symptoms to a person’s mouth. One of the most serious is having receding gums. This is when the gums pull back from the teeth, resulting in the teeth looking much longer than they should be. Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid having to deal with this.

How To Avoid Gum Recession

The best way to avoid gum recession is to avoid getting gum disease in the first place. You can accomplish this by brushing, flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash every day. You should also maintain a healthy diet that is filled with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Other ways you can decrease your chances of dealing with receding gums include:

  • Visiting our periodontist at least twice a year for cleanings and check-ups
  • Avoiding getting any mouth piercings
  • Seeking relief if you grind your teeth
  • Avoiding using tobacco or drinking too much alcohol
  • Monitoring any changes as they occur in your mouth

How To Treat Gum Recession

By closely examining your gum line and teeth regularly, you should be able to spot when gum recession has already taken place. When this occurs, you need to schedule a time to visit Dr. Steven Saunders, Dr. Jeff Dickson or Dr. Victor Saunders to review the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This treatment does not involve any sutures or incisions. The results are instant, and there is minimal pain associated with the procedure. The treatment involves making a small hole in the gum tissue and carefully repositioning it back into the desired spot. All of this is done under local anesthesia

How To Get Started

If you believe you are a good candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique, then contact Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute right away to schedule a time to meet with our periodontist. Receding gums can result in increased sensitivity and increased likelihood of loose teeth if you allow it to remain untreated for too long.



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