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Receding Gums

Receding gums are a problem among the general public due to malocclusion, periodontal disease, poor lifestyle habits, grinding/clenching, and rough brushing technique.  When gums recede, the roots of your teeth can increase exposure to bacteria, cause hypersensitivity, and affect the overall appearance of your smile.

Do You Live in San Diego & Suffer from Receding Gums?

Gum recession is a progressive condition that occurs over time.  While it may not be noticeable at first, patients have indicated the appearance of a “skeleton smile”, where the roots of the teeth become more prominent.  Since day to day changes are not obvious, patients may have become accustomed to the appearance and take no action until symptoms arise or it becomes cosmetically obvious.

If you are in the San Diego area, you are in luck, because Dr. Kathrina Agatep has years of experience treating gingival recession using a minimally invasive technique called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Common causes of receding gums include:

  • Malocclusion
  • Grinding/Clenching
  • Aggressive brushing
  • Hormonal changes
  • Developing periodontal disease
  • Injuries to the jaws and the muscles of your jaws, including injuries from clenching your teeth
  • Genetic factors
  • Using tobacco products
  • TMJ / TMD Disorders

Aside from being unsightly, severe gum recession can let bacteria do serious damage to your roots and connective tissue.

Some factors associated with exposed teeth due to receding gums are beyond your personal control, but rest assure that there are treatment options.   Dr. Kathrina Agatep can assess your individual situation,and focus on your specific needs and goals to help you achieve the smile you deserve.

Gum Recession Treatment Options in San Diego

Understanding the root cause of your gum recession is an important first step.  If gum recession is caused by periodontal disease, then Dr. Agatep will recommend that the disease state be addressed first to see if progression can be halted.  If the cause is due to lifestyle habits such as hard brushing or smoking, we will also make the appropriate recommendations.  Once the underlying problems have been addressed, we can then discuss if gum rejuvenation is the right thing for you.

Prior to the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® technique, patients suffering from receding gums had only one option, surgical soft tissue grafting, an invasive surgical procedure that some say was worse than the actual cure. 

Today, a new technique pioneered by Dr. John Chao allows doctors to restore gum health with less discomfort, bleeding, and post-op pain. 

Now available in San Diego, Dr. Kathrina Agatep uses this new approach to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the treatment area - using just a small pinhole. No cutting, no stitching, and greatly minimized post-operative pain.  Most patients are able to resume light normal activities 1-2 days after treatment.

Results from the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in San Diego have been nothing less than amazing, and patients who have restored their receding gums with Dr. Kathrina Agatep have been thrilled by the results.

Key Benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique for Gum Recession

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Fast recovery time
  • No sutures or incisions
  • Immediate results
  • Minimal bleeding and pain

Schedule Your Gum Recession Treatment in San Diego

As a general rule, you want an annual exam to check on your teeth and gums. The treatment allows a dentist in the Sorrento Valley area to catch problems early and detect concerns that may contribute to problems with your gums. It may also prevent TMJ / TMD, which causes discomfort and pain throughout your mouth and jaw. 

It should be noted that early-stage gum recession may not require surgery.  Dr. Agatep may be able to restore your gums to health through deep cleaning methods and by helping your change your dental hygiene habits. But if you've grown seriously "long in the tooth," call 858-492-7870 to schedule an appointment and find out whether our pinhole surgical technique in San Diego is just what your smile needs.

If you notice sudden pain and sensitivity, then set up an appointment with a dentist. The sensitivity may relate to periodontal disease or receding gums when the root of your teeth becomes exposed. A dentist identifies the concern and recommends an appropriate treatment solution.

Treating problems with your gums and teeth allows you to heal and recover from certain health risks. To learn more about treating your gums or for an appointment, call 858-490-4281 today.