Lucio H. Kim DDS
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Gum Recession Treatment

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There’s a lot to consider when it comes to your oral health care. Fortunately, our Glendale dental office is here to help! We pride ourselves on helping our patients stay informed and educated about the benefits of good oral health care.

We’ll spend all the time you need and answer all your questions until we know you have the information you’re looking for. Before we begin any treatment, we’ll explain everything in detail so you know exactly what you can expect.

Here are a few of the questions we’re asked most often, but we know you probably have others. Please don’t hesitate to call our dental office or fill out our handy online contact form, and we’ll be happy to help.

Gum Recession Treatment

Unfortunately, when you lose gum tissue to recession due to gum disease or vigorous brushing or teeth grinding, it cannot grow back.

However, if your gum recession is mild, it doesn't put your teeth at risk. Gum recession becomes a problem when it leads to root exposure, which can be painful and causes damage to your tooth.

You can stop gum recession with excellent oral hygiene using proper brushing techniques, and daily flossing to remove bacteria from in between your teeth. Routine visits to your Glendale, CA dentist every six months for teeth cleanings and checkups will also help you avoid gum recession.

If you grind your teeth at night (bruxism) while you sleep, it can also lead to gum recession. Your dentist may discuss making a night guard for you to wear while you're sleeping to protect your teeth from damage and your gums from the recession that bruxism causes. 

Dr. Kim also offers a less invasive procedure to help manage gum recession called Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST). This innovative procedure allows him to promote new growth by spreading your gum tissue out more evenly. 

If you are dealing with the discomfort of gum recession, contact your Glendale dentist today at (818) 242-3739 to learn more about how we can help you.

Unfortunately (like this actual patient shown in the picture) we need to remove the tooth.

example of gum recession on teeth


Man smiling in blue shirt | Dentist Glendale CaYour gums act like a tight turtleneck type seal around your teeth. This prevents bacteria from seeping in and causing damage.

If your gums “recede” or shrink away from your teeth, that protection is diminished…and the prognosis of your tooth being inside your head over the years goes directly to “poor”.

Over the years, the gum recession may be slightly annoying or not even noticeable. But gone unchecked for a period of time, you can ultimately lose that tooth.

A simple minor gum recession repair surgery is all that is needed to correct the gums and restore that protection to the tooth.  If the damage is too great, a more major (and expensive and more painful surgery I might add) is needed to repair the damage. And if it goes beyond there, then we start talking about dental implants to replace that tooth.

The minor gum procedure is called the Pinhole Technique or a Tunneling Technique. Dr. Kim is well trained in this type of procedure and can let you know what to expect in terms of recovery and surgical results.

Gum Disease Treatment in Glendale CA

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