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What are my Treatment Options for Receding Gums?

Girl Smiling Have you noticed your teeth looking at bit longer and more prominent lately? Have your teeth been more sensitive? Well, if you’ve answered yes to these two questions, then you may be suffering from gum recession.

Gum recession is often times one of the many early signs of periodontal disease and if ignored, it will eventually lead to severe oral health issues. If you feel that your gums are receding, it’s best for you to know what your treatment options are.

Why Does Gum Recession Occur?

Receding gums can occurs due to many things, one of which is periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease. Although, other habits, such as brushing too hard or brushing with a hard bristled tooth brush, can also cause your gums to recede. Bruxism (teeth grinding), smoking and having a tongue or lip piercings can also cause gum recession.

While receding gums don’t look good, how they affect your appearance should be the last of your worries. If gum recession is left untreated, it can result in tooth loss, among many other oral health problems.

Treatment Options:

Gum Grafting – One common type of oral surgery used to treat gum recession is gum grafting. This procedure is where periodontists take tissue from another area of your mouth and uses it to cover the exposed areas of your tooth and its roots. The tissue typically come from the palette of your mouth, but it may also come from a tissue bank.

While the words “oral surgery” may sound frightening to some, it’s important to keep in mind that the pain isn’t as bad as it sounds. Your periodontist will apply local anesthesia to the affected area to minimize you discomfort during the entire procedure.

Pinhole Surgical Technique- Unlike gum grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique, is a much more modern approach that produces natural looking results. The main difference between the two procedures is that it is less invasive, considering that the procedure doesn’t involve any cutting or stitching.

During the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to poke a small pinhole into the patients gum tissue. Then special instrument is inserted into the pinhole, where they loosen and shift the tissue to cover up the exposed root.

Of the two procedures, the Pinhole Surgical Technique has slowly but surely becoming the more popular option to repair gum recession. While both procedures are equally effective, many prefer the Pinhole Surgical Technique due to the fact that it leads to much quicker recovery time and less chances of post-operation complications.

For those of you whose gums have only receded just a little bit, a deep cleaning done by your dentist is more than enough treatment. However, for more severe cases, oral surgery may be the only way to repairing your gums.

If you’re concerned about your receding gums and would like to look into treatment, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. For more information regarding gum recession treatments, such as the Pinhole Surgical Technique, visit

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