When most people think of a healthy smile, they imagine pearly whites—not pink gums. The fact is healthy gums are a necessity for healthy, beautiful smile! Gingival recession (commonly called gum recession) is a condition in which gum tissue begins to pull back toward your tooth roots, thereby exposing the root surface. From an aesthetic standpoint, an unbalanced gumline can transform an attractive smile into one that makes you feel self-conscious. In early stages, gum recession can cause functional consequences such as cold sensitivity. When left untreated, the condition increases the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, and even tooth loss. The good news is that our team leverages advanced technology and minimally invasive approaches to treat retreating gums and help prevent more serious problems! When you entrust us with your smile, you’ll receive personalized and comfortable gum recession treatment in Columbia, MD that blends clinical excellence with a compassionate touch. First we determine the cause, then we devise an effective treatment plan to resolve it and prevent recurrence.
It’s estimated that 23% of adults in the U.S. have one or more tooth surfaces with more than 3mm of gum recession. While as many as 30% of cases are attributed to genetics, often modifiable lifestyle, pathological, and traumatic factors play a role. The good news is that making lifestyle changes, improving oral hygiene routines, and taking preventive measures are sometimes enough to stop gum recession in its tracks. For example, a misaligned bite can be treated with orthodontics and mouth guards can be made to protect your teeth from grinding and potential trauma incurred during sports.
As gum experts, our periodontists have undergone uniquely focused training in soft tissue procedures and keep apprised of the latest techniques through continuing education. Our team has extensive experience making functional improvements to soft tissue and the artistic skills to restore gumlines and smiles to their natural beauty. With precise attention to detail, our periodontists are dedicated to providing effective gum recession treatment in Columbia, MD to help you achieve an ideal smile!
If you’re experiencing gum recession, you may be thinking that your beautiful, balanced smile is lost forever. Using the latest techniques, we’ll bring your smile back, along with optimal oral health and restored confidence. Both Dr. Sanju Jose and Dr. Keyla Torres are certified in the Chao Pinholeâ Surgical technique, while our entire team has extensive experience in soft tissue grafting.
We usually perform traditional gum grafting for more advanced cases of gum recession. During this procedure, damaged or diseased gum tissue is surgically removed and sections of healthy gum tissue are grafted in place with sutures to restore the affected areas. This method relies on grafts created from a small amount of healthy soft tissue from the roof of your mouth, in front of teeth with disproportionate gum coverage, or from another donor source. Gum grafts in Columbia, MD help restore the protective function, health, and aesthetics of your gum tissue.
Invented and patented by dentist Dr. John Chao, this scalpel-free, suture-free procedure provides a gentler approach for treating gum recession than traditional gum grafting. With a needle, we make a small hole in your gum tissue. Through the pinhole, we use specially designed instruments to loosen and guide gum tissue to cover the exposed root structure. Because there is no cutting or stitching, you’ll experience minimal postoperative symptoms such as pain, swelling, and bleeding. Most patients are also pleasantly surprised by the immediate natural-looking cosmetic results.
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