Gum Recession Treatment in Mission Viejo
Gentle, Minimally Invasive Gum Recession Treatment
Gum recession exposes the roots of the teeth and makes them appear unusually long. This can be caused by overly aggressive brushing or flossing, gum disease, trauma, genetics, teeth misalignment, teeth grinding or other factors. Exposed roots can cause your teeth to b sensitive to heat and cold. Your tooth root surfaces are also softer than tooth enamel and thus more susceptible to increased damage.
Expert gum recession treatment
Dr. Setya, Dr. Hirst, and Dr. Bergman are highly trained specialists and repair gum recession with minimally invasive methods to reverse gum recession, protect your teeth and give you back a beautiful smile.
Causes of Gum Recession
Below are the most common causes of gum recession:
- severe gum disease
- trauma or injury to the teeth
- teeth grinding
- misaligned teeth
- inadequate dental hygiene
- overly aggressive brushing or flossing
- prior orthodontics
Dangers from gum recession
In addition to making one look older, hence the term “long in the tooth,” gum recession can also have a detrimental impact on oral health and even one’s overall health. When one loses a lot of good, thick and strong gum tissue, bacteria are able to invade our bodies through the weaker remaining tissue and cause systemic issues in the body. Gum recession also leads to bone recession, which makes teeth less stable and can cause them to eventually fall out.
Thin gums lead to recession
When gums are too thin around the teeth, they cannot support the teeth adequately and the gums will eventually recede. Gum grafting can also be done to build back gum thickness and prevent eventual gum recession.
Comfortable and effective treatments
Our doctors are skilled in a variety of techniques to fully restore gum coverage, and they recommend and perform the best treatment to meet each patient’s unique needs and situation.
Gum recession treatment has changed more than any other dental treatment over the last 25 years. We are now able to restore proper root coverage of teeth using techniques and procedures that are faster, more comfortable for the patient and provide longer-lasting results than ever before.
Advanced Gum Recession procedures
Our doctors use advanced techniques and micro-surgical instrumentation to graft gum tissue. Microsurgery instruments are far less invasive and require far less suturing than surgery using standard instruments. There is less post-operative discomfort and healing is much faster.
Chao Pinhole® Technique—Quick and Easy with Immediate Results
One of the methods Dr. Setya uses to treat gum recession is the breakthrough Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. The minimally invasive procedure does not involve tissue grafting, scalpels or stitches. The doctor makes two to four pin-sized openings high up in the patient’s gum tissue and use a specialized instrument to gently loosen and reposition the gum tissue to cover the exposed tooth root. They then place strips of collagen under the gums to thicken and solidify the gums in place.
With this technique, the doctors are able to treat multiple areas at a time, allowing the procedure to be completed in just one visit. Patients see immediate improvement and experience very minimal post-treatment discomfort.
Minimally invasive palate graft
Gum tissue for a graft is either obtained from the palate or procured from a human tissue bank. For palate grafts, the doctor uses micro-instruments and retrieves a millimeter-thin strip of the strong tissue that sits just under the surface layer of the palate. The surface layer is left intact. The doctor seals up the graft site and adds growth proteins which speed healing, help regenerate new tissue and reduce discomfort. This procedure is far less invasive, heals far faster and is much more comfortable than full palate grafts taken with standard instruments.
Special technique minimizes incisions
Dr. Setya, Dr. Hirst, and Dr. Bergman use surgical “tunneling” techniques for gum grafting which remove the need to make incisions around the gum line of teeth and pull the gums back in flaps. Instead, using micro-instruments, the doctor gently separates the outer and inner layers of gum tissue and creates a pouch.
The graft material is placed into the pouch to build gum thickness and strength. The outer layer of gum tissue is then pulled up toward the crown of the tooth and secured there, forming a new gum line. The result is a restored natural gum line supported by thick, healthy gum tissue.
Gum grafting behind the teeth
Gum recession can occur behind the teeth in addition to the visible gum recession in the front. This type of gum recession can often be missed, and lead to tooth loss. The doctors locate and treat gum recession behind the teeth, strengthening the gums and preventing tooth loss.
Your new gums will look completely natural in color, will blend smoothly with your natural gum tissue and will be very strong. Your tooth roots will be protected from further erosion and your smile will be enhanced.
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