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Teeth Looking Longer? It Might Be Gum Recession

Man Have Teeth Examined | Lucio H. Kim DDs

Do your teeth look longer than they used to? Do you notice sensitivity of your tooth roots?

Both are common effects of gum recession. Many cases of gum recession are related to poor periodontal health, but other reasons include genetics, brushing too hard, misaligned teeth, and even lip piercings.

What is Gum Recession?

Healthy gum tissue (gingiva) is bright pink in color and surrounds a tooth at the base of the crown to hold it firmly in place. When your gums recede, your tooth roots become exposed, leading to an increased risk for periodontal infection.

The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis and can typically be eliminated with thorough professional cleanings, improved ...

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Treating Gum Recession - Without Grafting!

Treating Gum Recession | Lucio H. Kim DDS

We bet you don't spend a lot of time thinking about your gums - most of don’t. When things are gong along fine, your gums pretty much just sit there and hold your teeth in place. Then you notice your gums are pulling away or your dentist tells you your gums are receding. Then suddenly it seems like all you are doing is worrying about dreaded gum surgery that's needed to get your oral health back on track.

Gum Recession Treatment

Fortunately, gum recession treatment has come a long way since cut-and-stitch surgery! At our Glendale, CA dental office Dr. Kim performs a state-of-the-art gum recession therapy called Pinhole Surgical Technique ...

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Gum Recession

Gum Recession Prevention in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

The gums that surround and hold the teeth in place in your mouth can be affected by a number of conditions that can result in them receding…or moving away from the teeth.

The few main causes of gum recession are 1) brushing too hard 2) bruxism or clenching/grinding of your teeth 3) genetics 4) a history of braces 5) smoking 6) full-blown gum disease or periodontitis.

So the big question is “Will they ever grow back”?

Unfortunately no. Once the damage is done, then that’s the best you can do…for the rest of your life!

What you can do is actually fix them.

There are many ways to do this, unfortunately, all of them ...

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Gum Rejuvenation

Woman smiling in dental chair | Gum Rejuvenation, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Gum recession is a serious and common dental concern. In most cases, it is caused by the progression of gum disease either through tobacco use or poor oral hygiene, but there are alternative causes such as genetics, hormones, and harmful brushing habits. Unfortunately, even after gum disease is treated, gums will not grow back, which can leave them open to continuous infection and teeth looking long and unsightly. Many gum recession treatments are invasive and have long recovery times, which is why Dr. Lucio H. Kim offers gum rejuvenation through the Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Benefits of Gum Rejuvenation

  • No grafting – One of the most common treatments of gum recession are ...

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Pinhole Surgical Technique or PST

Man sitting in dental chair | Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Gum disease is an issue that affects nearly fifty-percent of Americans. If left untreated, minor gum disease can progress to periodontal disease, which will start to cause your gums to recede and pull away from your teeth. Though there are a few ways to repair receding gums from laser treatment to surgical grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique is one of the least invasive and most effective ways to repair gum recession. Dr. Lucio H. Kim is one of the few dentists that is trained and experienced in this technique.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Pinhole Surgical Technique is done by using a needle to make a small hole in the gum ...

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