Gum recession can be an embarrassing side effect of the already devastating condition of periodontal disease, an advanced form of gum disease. Without an adequate barrier of protection, your tooth roots will be far more susceptible to bacteria, decay, and damage. All of these hazards can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin is a periodontist in Red Bank, NJ providing gum recession treatment at his office.
Gum recession can affect one tooth or many teeth. There are several different methods used in gum grafting procedures and Dr. Zatzkin can discuss which one is the best option for you and your specific needs. These procedures can vary based on the degree of your receded gum tissues. Connective tissue grafts are very common and are used when the roots of your teeth have been exposed. Dr. Zatzkin will make sure the grafting sites are numb to allow for the most comfortable experience possible. A small piece of soft tissue, usually from the roof of your mouth, is removed and then grafted to the area where you are lacking gum tissue.
Gum recession can also be caused by improper brushing habits, orthodontic movement, abrasion from oral piercing, clenching or grinding your teeth, using tobacco based products, and severe hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy and menopause. In these cases, gum grafting can be used to repair soft tissue and restore a beautiful, healthy looking smile.
Seek Gum Recession Treatment if You Have:
- Tooth or root sensitivity
- Root exposure
- Root decay or damage
- Gum and bone loss
- Periodontal disease
- Esthetic concerns
Dr. Zatzkin will diagnose from where your gum recession is originating, and will prescribe the best method to reduce wear and repair the damage.
Recently, a new technique has been developed that provides a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum recession surgery for many patients. Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin practices the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, also known as PST™, in Tinton Falls, NJ. Using this procedure, Dr. Zatzkin is able to shift the gums surrounding the area of gum recession so that they once again cover the tooth properly. Unlike gum grafts or other forms of gum recession surgery, this procedure requires only a small opening in the gums. No sutures are required, and no large incisions.
To learn more about your options for a gum graft in Red Bank, NJ, call Dr. Zatzkin’s office to schedule your consultation today.