Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

Teeth Looking Longer? It Might Be Gum Recession

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 oral hygiene, and follow-up appointments. Left untreated, gum disease can advance to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that attacks the bone and supporting structures of the teeth and leads to gum recession.

How is Gum Recession Treated?

It used to be that the only treatment for gum recession was cut-and-stitch gum surgery utilizing a gum graft from another part if your mouth. But if you’re looking for a comfortable, less invasive alternative to gum recession treatment in Glendale, you’ll be pleased to hear that Dr. Lucio Kim offers a state-of-the-art solution.

This innovative procedure is called pinhole gum recession treatment. It involves making a tiny hole in the gums and using a specialized instrument to gently push gum tissue back down over the exposed roots of your teeth.

With this treatment, there’s no cutting and no stitches, which means little downtime and faster recovery. The procedure itself is done under local anesthetic, and patients report little to no discomfort either during the procedure or after.

Please Call Us to Learn More!

We are very excited about this state-of-the-art treatment and would be happy to evaluate your situation and see if you’re a good candidate. Please call us to arrange a consultation to get started!