Receding gums can affect your appearance by making your teeth look longer. However, it can also allow tooth decay to reach the dentin that covers the roots of your teeth, loosen your teeth and create pockets that allow bacteria to infect your smile and body. Gum recession can be caused by poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, gum disease, changes in hormonal levels and, in some cases, even genetics. Because gum disease occurs very slowly and has no initial symptoms, you may not even realize that you need treatment, Our dentists can address gum recession with a treatment known as Chao Pinhole® surgery in Fairfax, Virginia.
The Chao technique is a minimally invasive treatment that requires no scalpels or sutures. The dentist will make a small hole in your gums and then use specially designed instruments to loosen the gum tissue and move it over the area where it is needed. This is a much less invasive technique than traditional methods of treating gum disease and is more comfortable. You will notice an improvement in the appearance of your smile right away, and you will need less recovery time when you leave the office. Following your visit, you will need to use a prescription mouthwash and avoid brushing the treatment area for six weeks and you may experience minor discomfort. Otherwise, you should be able to return to your normal activities.
The treatment cost is approximately equal to, or in some cases, less than a traditional gum graft and many patients are choosing the Chao technique over a graft.
If you are dealing with receding gums and would like to find out if the Chao Pinhole technique is right for your smile, call Oakton Family Dentistry today at 703-281-6201, and one of our team members will help you plan your appointment with Dr. Scimeca, Dr. Elhady and associates.