Receding Gums 101 – Why It Happens and How to Treat It

The gums are designed to protect the teeth and help hold them in their ideal place. When in good condition and framing the teeth properly, the gums help create the appearance of a balanced, healthy smile. Gum recession is a common oral issue that disrupts this balance, placing the teeth at a higher risk of damage and altering the appearance of the smile. As both an oral health and aesthetic concern, receding gums often requires expert care to stop the progression and restore harmony to the smile.


As a well-trained and skilled dentist, Dr. Marianna Farber of Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City, NY is pleased to provide the following information on receding gums, why this condition occurs, and how to best treat it. Gum recession will not resolve on its own – nor will a receded gumline return to a healthier level on the teeth without expert care. If gum recession is impacting your dental health and appearance, treatment with the innovative Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique may be just what you need to recapture an attractive, healthy smile.


Getting to the Root of Gum Recession

Gum recession may be common among New York City patients, but the factors that contribute to the condition can vary among individuals. A receding gumline may be a result of one or more of the following conditions or activities:


• Gum (periodontal) disease

• Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)

• Overaggressive tooth brushing

• Oral piercings

• A misaligned bite

• Crooked or crowded teeth

• Poor oral hygiene

• Genetic factors

• Hormonal fluctuations

• Tobacco Use

• Age


Why Should You Be Concerned About Receding Gums?

You may be wondering why treating receding gums is important, especially if it is such a common concern. Dr. Farber recommends gum recession treatment to return the gumline to a healthier level on the teeth and routinely treats patients in her New York City, NY dental practice, Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, for the condition. When the gum tissues recede, they pull away from the tooth structure and begin to migrate down the tooth. This exposes the root structure, which is normally covered and protected by the gum tissues, to the oral environment. The roots of the teeth lack a protective layer of enamel and are more likely to become decayed or damaged due to chemical or mechanical erosion. In addition, the root surfaces also tend to be more sensitive and often cause discomfort when eating, drinking, and even brushing the teeth. Lack of adequate support for the teeth can also, over time, increase the chance of tooth loss. In these ways, gum recession increases the threat of oral damage that may require more extensive or costlier care down the road.


The Aesthetic Effects of Gum Recession

Beyond the harmful oral effects of gum recession, a receding gumline changes the appearance of the smile. Gum recession shows more surface area of the tooth structure, making the affected tooth or teeth look longer. This also creates dark triangular spaces between the teeth near the gumline. Since the root surfaces of the teeth are more yellow in color, the shade of the smile takes on a more diminished or dull appearance. The overall aesthetic effect of receding gums is often a smile that looks older, unbalanced, and less appealing than before.


What Is the Best Way to Treat Gum Recession?

In the past, the preferred method of treating receding gums was through surgical gum grafting techniques. While this is still a great option for some patients, advanced technology has produced a less invasive approach, more comfortable treatment approach. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a revolutionary approach to care and is performed by only a small percentage of dentists worldwide. As a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Farber is pleased to offer the latest in gum recession care. She is trained and experienced in restoring gum health through this highly effective treatment option.  


Understanding the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™,

repositions the gumline so that it covers more of the tooth (particularly the more vulnerable root surfaces). To begin the procedure, Dr. Farber creates a small opening in the gum tissues close to the receded area of gum tissue. Through this pinpoint opening, she uses special instruments to loosen the gum tissue from the tooth surface and gently move it to cover a greater surface area of the tooth. Small pieces of collagen are then positioned between the teeth and gums, which work to hold the gums in their new place until healing is complete. Thanks to its less invasive nature, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is performed without any incisions or sutures and affords instant aesthetic results.


Treat Receding Gums for a Healthier, More Attractive Smile

Gum recession can have a significant impact on your oral health and alter your smile in a number of ways. Seeking proper care for this common oral condition as early as possible can help minimize your future risks and get you back to enjoying a comfortable, healthy, and attractive smile. A consultation with Dr. Farber at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City, NY can help you learn if the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique or other treatment option is best-suited for treating your receding gums. Get in touch with our team today to schedule your gum recession treatment consultation.


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.