If your gums are receding, your smile is changing and your teeth are at a greater risk of decay and damage. Fortunately, Sam Latif, DMD, is trained in the innovative Chao PinholeⓇ gum rejuvenation treatment to restore your gums, smile, and oral health. Call or make an appointment online to meet with Dr. Latif at Ohio Cosmetic Dentists, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, and learn if pinhole gum rejuvenation is right for you.
Gum recession is when your gums pull back from your teeth, increasing the amount of exposed tooth and tooth root. In addition to changing the appearance of your smile, gum recession causes pockets to form between your gums and teeth. These pockets are perfect breeding grounds for the bacteria that cause plaque, tartar, and gum disease. If left untreated, this can lead to eventual tooth loss.
There are a few factors that contribute to gum recession. If you brush too hard or too vigorously, or if you use a toothbrush with hard bristles, you can wear away your gums. You may also be genetically predisposed to receding gums.
Periodontal disease is another common cause of gum recession. Periodontal disease is advanced stage gum disease. Your gums are infected with bacteria that eat away at the tissue, causing your gums to become inflamed, bleed, and recede.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, so it’s critical to get effective treatment. At Ohio Cosmetic Dentists, Dr. Latif offers the Chao Pinhole gum rejuvenation technique, an innovative treatment to address gum recession.
Dr. Latif is specially trained in the Chao Pinhole gum rejuvenation technique. This minimally invasive procedure takes about an hour and restores your gums without any incisions or stitches. It doesn’t require gum grafting and has a short recovery time.
During the procedure, Dr. Latif uses specially designed tools to lift and loosen your gums and then glide and replace them over the exposed teeth. He also places strips of collagen between the teeth and gums to hold the gums down where they belong.
The pinhole incisions disappear within 24 hours. Patients experience minimal bleeding and very little discomfort both during and after the treatment.
It’s important to brush your teeth several times a day and floss at least once a day. However, when you brush and floss you need to use proper technique and the right materials. You should always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle. Be gentle with your teeth and gums.
Dr. Latif and his team can give you advice on correct brushing and flossing techniques at your next visit. Call or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about receding gums.