Receding gums can be the result of an overly aggressive brushing technique, clenching or
grinding teeth, the natural aging process, genetics, hormones, gum (periodontal) disease.
Tobacco use can also cause the gums to be more sensitive and vulnerable to recession.
Receding gums happens very gradually. Patients typically notice some sensitivity or the
appearance of longer teeth. Recession can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gum
line, allowing harmful bacteria and tartar to build up. This can lead to more advanced
periodontal disease, tissue and bone deterioration, and eventual tooth loss.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® can be used to treat most patients with gum recession.
It may not be recommended for patients who have advanced cases of recession or active hum
disease. Once the patient’s periodontal health is stable, we can recommend a treatment for
gum recession. We have already seen great success when The Chao Pinhole Surgical
Technique® is used.