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Gum Disease Symptoms in Winston-Salem, NC: Gum Recession

Gum Recession in Winston-Salem, NC Gum recession is a possible sign that you have gum disease.  It can be caused by a low grade infection, aggressive tooth brushing, trauma, the way your teeth are hitting together, or because the tissue was thin there to begin with.  In most cases, it is a combination of these factors.  When the gum tissue recedes, the root of your tooth becomes exposed and can become sensitive to hot, cold, or to the touch as during a cleaning visit at the dentist. As recession increases, it can affect  your smile and can give your teeth the appearance of being longer as more of the root is exposed. After your gums have receded, they do not grow back. The gum tissue cannot recede unless the bone has dissolved first.  So, gum tissue recession and bone loss are both occurring.  Without treatment, gum recession and bone loss can lead to tooth loss.

In most cases, gum recession happens so gradually that most people do not notice it until there are visible gaps at the gum line or they are experiencing extreme sensitivity. It is important to seek help from a dental professional such as Dr. Kenneth Peavy in Winston-Salem, NC as soon as possible if you have noticed your gums receding. Dr. Peavy can recommend a treatment plan to address the causes of your gum recession, recommend ways to slow the process, and in many cases repair the area by adding collagen grafts. Restoring the gums can help your teeth feel less sensitive and give you confidence in your appearance.   

Dr. Peavy offers several alternatives to the traditional gum grafting techniques that required removing tissue from the roof of your mouth in order to place it in the receded areas.  The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is an incision-free procedure that involves making a very small hole and special instruments to loosen the gum tissue and move it over the areas with gum recession. Many patients that undergo this procedure are surprised how simple and minimally invasive the entire process is, and PST™ may be just what you need to take care of receding gums and restore your smile. 

If you are concerned about your gums receding, call our office today to set up a consultation. Dr. Peavy can address your gum recession and any other symptoms of gum disease that you may be experiencing in Winston-Salem, NC.