Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, occurs when the gums pull away from the root of the tooth. The appearance of the gums and the exposed root can have an effect on your smile, but gum recession can also be uncomfortable and in some cases cause painful sensitivity to heat and cold.
Most importantly, gingival recession is very often a symptom of gum disease, which in addition to the effect it has on the health of the mouth, has been associated with certain kinds of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Your gums do not grow back on their own. Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin is a periodontist who specializes in treating the gums. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gingival recession, contact our office immediately.
Receding Gums – Treatment in Tinton Falls, NJ
As a periodontist, Dr. Zatzkin is able to offer several effective treatment options for your receding gums. Some of the treatments he offers include the following:
- The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™): PST™ is a minimally invasive procedure that loosens the gum tissues and repositions them so that they cover the entirety of the roots of your teeth. This procedure requires neither sutures nor cutting of the gums.
- Gum Grafting: Gum grafting surgically removes tissue from one of several areas of the mouth and attaches that tissue to the gum line in order to cover the roots of the teeth.
- Treatment for Periodontal Disease: This might include scaling and root planing therapy or osseous surgery. If periodontal disease is the cause of your gum recession, this will need to be addressed first.
- Preventative Measures: Some patients with only minimal recession will be advised to change their brushing technique, the kind of toothbrush they are using, and avoid activities such as smoking which could increase the chances of further gum recession. Dr. Zatzkin will evaluate whether further measures are necessary.
Receding gums and periodontal disease can have a big impact on your smile and your health. Call Dr. Zatzkin’s office today to see what your options are for receding gums treatment in Red Bank, NJ.