Nobody likes to talk about receding gums, but it’s a condition affects roughly half of Americans. By one estimate, at least 50 percent of the population has one or more sites in their mouths where the gumline has receded by at least one millimeter. That may not sound like much, but once gum recession has begun, it can continue. And that’s where problems begin.
Gums that have receded enough to expose the tooth roots are unsightly and impact people’s ability to smile confidently. But even more importantly, gum recession can impact the health of your mouth and the health of your entire body. Exposed tooth roots are prone to infection, and that infection can spread to your blood stream.
Dental infections have been linked to a wide and increasing number of serious health conditions:
- Heart disease
- Lung problems
- Various forms of cancer
And many more.
The Traditional Approach To Gum Recession
Until fairly recently, treatment for receding gums involved oral surgery. The idea of oral surgery makes most people shudder, but the treatment gets an undeserved bad reputation. While no one is likely to say that have the surgery itself and the healing period afterward are enjoyable, the results are worth it.
Today, more and more people with receding gums are being helped by the revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Gum Recession Treatment.
Well, That’s Very Different
Unlike traditional oral surgery, the Chao Pinhole® Gum Recession Treatment has a very short healing period and minimal, if any, pain after the procedure.
If you need a gum recession treatment in Albuquerque, NM, choose Uptown Dental Associates. Dr. Ryan Shepherd is the only dentist in New Mexico who is certified to perform the Chao Pinhole® Gum Recession Treatment.
Dr. Shepherd will perform a thorough examination and discuss your options. If the Chao Pinhole® Gum Recession Treatment is the preferred solution, he’ll first carefully plan your treatment. At your appointment, here’s what to expect:
Dr. Shepherd will first carefully numb the area or areas to be treated. Nothing else happens until you tell us that you’re completely numb.
After that, he’ll make a small pinhole in your gums and then insert a special tool which allows him to loosen the gum line. He’ll use the tool to gently restore your gum line to cover the exposed roots. In most cases, treatment can be completed in a single session. That’s why the Chao Pinhole® Gum Recession Treatment is sometimes dubbed the “lunchtime gum lift.”
Afterward, most people who have experienced this procedure describe minor discomfort, if any.
As always, your comfort is always a top priority while you’re with us. We have a variety of comfort options and can also provide dental sedation to help relieve any anxiety you may experience.
Smile With Confidence And Protect Your Health
Gum recession is not something to take lightly. If you’re at all concerned about the state of your gums, take action now. For the sake of your mouth and your health, schedule a consultation with Uptown Dental Associates in Albuquerque, NM dental practice by calling 505-407-8781.