Do you look in the mirror and notice your receding gums? Are some teeth getting longer than they once were? Sadly, this doesn’t mean they are “growing”, rather, it’s a sign of gum recession. You may not be able to grow those gums back, but you can stop them from getting worse.

You may think it’s “no biggie”. However, the truth is, it’s very important to address receding gums. Below are 4 reasons you shouldn’t “fluff” this oral condition aside.

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4 Important Reasons Why You Should Address Receding Gums

Believe it or not, gum receding is very common across this country. Why? Well, the root cause of it is gum disease. That’s important in itself to turn to your dentist in Wilmington to address the condition if you notice symptoms. Below are 4 more.

1. It Looks Unattractive

Your smile can create a significant impact on your life. When you have a beautiful one, you want to share it with the world! When you don’t, this can attack your self-esteem and how you socialize with friends, family, and work colleagues.

Your gums are an essential part of your smile. Receding gums simply look unattractive. In fact, they expose your tooth’s root, and at times can make your teeth look uneven. The “root” of your tooth is a different color than the top. Your tooth’s root often looks unhealthy when exposed because it is “dull” in color. The condition might not bother you at first. However, over time, not being happy with the way your smile looks will affect your confidence.

 2. Causes Tooth Sensitivity

Speaking of exposed roots, gum recession can cause tooth sensitivity. Gums help protect tooth roots by covering them. When gums suffer from receding that protection is lost and tooth sensitivity occurs. Aesthetics is key for a healthy smile, but there are practical reasons for treating your gum recession.

Tooth sensitivity makes eating or consuming very hot or cold food or beverages no fun. The pain can be throbbing at times. Don’t jeopardize fun summer ice cream (or warm hot holiday cocoa), and simply head to your Wilmington dentist if you experience gum receding.

3. It Can Lead To Damaging Root Decay

Your tooth’s root does not have tough enough enamel to fight tooth decay. Exposing it creates a higher risk of root decay, or “root cavities”.

4. Increase The Chances Of Tooth Loss

Once your tooth’s root starts to decay, it is harder to preserve your tooth. As gum receding increases the chances of “root cavities”, it also heightens the risk of tooth loss. In addition, the advancement of gum disease attacks your jawbone, further increasing the risk of losing a tooth or teeth.

How Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation Can Address Gum Receding

At one point in time, the only way to address receding gums was gum graft surgery. The good news is that Wilmington patients now have different options. Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation is becoming the more popular choice of treatment, these days. This procedure helps with gum recession, without needing gum graft surgery. This means less pain, a shorter recovery time, and amazing results.

With gum graft surgery, the surgeon takes tissue from a donor site. This typically comes from the roof of your mouth. The oral surgeon then stitches it in the place where the gum recession is. With Chao Pinhole®, your gum treatment takes place where your gums are receding. The oral surgeon repositions gum tissue in the area to cover your tooth roots. While it still is a surgery, Chao Pinhole® uses collagen glue, versus stitches. As a natural tissue, collagen makes up most of your gum tissue. Therefore, this helps with healing after the treatment, too. Below are some benefits to Chao Pinhole®:

  • Less pain and discomfort.
  • No stitches, so faster recovery.
  • You don’t need a “donor” site.
  • Results that are as “good” or “better” than gum graft surgery.
  • No scalpel within the procedure.

Learn More About Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation In Wilmington, NC

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is growing in popularity, thanks to its many benefits. Do you suffer from receding gums? Are you looking for a way to treat this condition? This is where Kuzma Advanced Dentistry can help.

If you would like to learn more about Chao Pinhole®, or other gum contouring options, give our office a call at (910) 392-6060, today. Our team can answer your questions and help ease any concerns you may have. You can also book an appointment via our website. The time to address your receding gums is now. Why wait any longer?