Receding gums is a common problem, with over 200,000 cases each year. If you suffer from receding gums, you may avoid pictures because you are self-conscious about your smile. Maybe you look down when talking so people will not notice your teeth. This condition does not always cause symptoms, but you may feel uncomfortable with how it has changed your smile. In severe cases, symptoms may include the following:
Thankfully, you do not have to feel awkward about your smile any longer. Your dentist in Kennewick, WA, has a procedure that can help: the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
Fixing Smiles With the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
In the past, procedures involving receding gums often left people with many stitches in the mouth and long recovery times. During recovery with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Kennewick, WA, the procedure takes less time, usually requires no stitches, and has a significantly shorter recovery time.
In this procedure, Dr. Andrew Mohlman will put a small hole in the gum (about the size of a pin). He will then use a dental tool to help loosen the gums. Once the gums are loosened, he will use the tool to gently put the gums in the proper place. He will then place a small amount of collagen into the gums to help them stay in place and become stabilized.
Many people find that the small hole in their gums heals overnight. However, everyone is different, and Dr. Mohlman will likely be able to give you an estimate on how long it will take your gums to heal.
Do not let your insecurities about your smile hold you back any longer. More importantly, do not wait until you are experiencing symptoms such as tooth loss to address the issue. We are here to help you restore your smile. Please contact us today to see if the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is right for you.