Lucio H. Kim DDS
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Treating Gum Recession - Without Grafting!

April 25, 2017
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Posted By: Lucio H. Kim DDS
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 (PST).

The standard procedure for treating the recession is gum grafting, where a piece of donor tissue is transplanted onto the areas of the gum affected by recession and left to heal. This is an uncomfortable procedure that everyone dreads because it involves a lot of discomfort, stitches, and several weeks of recovery. Even then you can’t be sure the process will be effective.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique provides us with a minimally invasive gum recession treatment method at our Glendale, CA dental office. First, Dr. Kim numbs your gums to ensure that you are comfortable. Then he makes a tiny access hole in the gum. Using a special instrument, he carefully shifts the gum tissue and moves it down over the teeth. This creates only minor trauma compared to conventional gum surgery.

The procedure leaves no open wounds. You don’t have to worry about painful cutting, so you will experience only minor post-operative symptoms like pain, bleeding, and swelling.

Exams with Your Glendale Dentist

Treatment is imperative because, when the gums recede, the roots of the tooth are exposed. This puts the roots at risk for problems like tooth decay along and beneath the gum line. If your teeth are feeling loose or you notice that your gums are receding, please call us to arrange an exam. Healthy gums are necessary for a healthy smile, so it’s essential to get gum recession under control if you want to enjoy long-term oral health. 

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