September 15, 2015

Gum recession occurs when the margin of gum tissue, surrounding a tooth, starts to deteriorate, exposing the tooth and in some cases, the root. Receding gums in Indianapolis, IN may potentially reduce your self-esteem, but it may also facilitate disease-causing material to accumulate within your mouth.

Why Gums Recede

There are a number of different reasons why your gums may start to recede. These include some of the following:

  • Periodontal disease — when bacteria accumulate in your gums, it can deteriorate the tissue progressively, causing irreversible damage.
  • Genetics – some people may be more susceptible to gum disease than others, regardless of their oral hygiene habits.
  • Aggressive brushing – when brushing teeth too aggressively, enamel on the teeth may start to erode, causing recession along the gum line.
  • Hormonal changes – drastic changes in the hormone levels, especially for women, occurring during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause may also lead to gum recession.

Additionally, if you do not adhere to proper dental hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing, you may expose yourself to an increased risk of gum recession.

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

If you want to restore the appearance of your smile, once gum recession has become apparent, you may benefit from the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. When this technique is utilized at our office, Dr. E. Dale Behner uses a small needle to loosen the gum tissue, gently repositioning a gum graft over the areas where gums have been exposed to recession. This procedure proves to be beneficial in various ways, including, but not limited to reduced pain and swelling, and minor bleeding shortly thereafter, due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure.

September is a great time to improve the appearance of your smile by resolving the concern of your receding gums. If you would like to inquire about more information, regarding how Dr. Behner can assist you with your specific needs, please contact our office today by calling 317-489-0317.



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