Specialized, Effective Gum Recession Treatment

Dr. Meltzer with patient

The Importance Of Treating Receding Gums

When your gums recede, root coverage is a reconstructive procedure that can prevent further recession and cover the exposed roots. The procedure also helps protect vulnerable roots from decay and greatly improves the appearance of your smile. Those who suffer from gum recession in Voorhees, NJ, not only appear to have “long teeth,” but the exposed roots also may cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Root coverage (gum grafting) can cover the exposed portions of roots, providing not only additional protection but also helping restore your smile. Gum recession treatment may be completed using tissue adjacent to the receded area or tissue from another site, such as the palate (the roof of the mouth), or through a minimally invasive alternative called Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Our board-certified periodontists perform both traditional gum grafting and the Pinhole technique for our patients depending on your needs.

Causes Of Receding Gums

Minimally Invasive Pinhole® Surgical Technique

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting. Following this protocol, we use specialized dental tools to create minute “pinholes” in the soft tissue above the teeth. Next, we gently manipulate the tissue back down over the tooth crowns, then help stabilize and strengthen the existing gums with tiny collagen strips. PST benefits patients by eliminating the need for scalpels, incisions, and sutures, which improves comfort during the procedure and accelerates the healing period. In most cases, this fast and effective treatment produces natural, long-lasting results!

Traditional Gum Grafting With Predictable Results

A less popular, but sometimes necessary, treatment for receding gums is traditional gum grafting. This method requires gum tissue to be taken from the soft palate or a donor source so it can be placed at the site of recession. The new tissue is then secured with sutures to the existing gums. Recovery after traditional gum grafting is often longer than with PST, as the sutured tissues need time to heal and fuse together. You will have to eat a diet of soft, cold foods and use an antibacterial mouthwash to ensure the tissue does not become infected. Once healed, this new tissue is stronger and denser than the original tissue, which improves natural aesthetics and support for the teeth.

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