Factors that Cause Gum Tissues to Recede

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues pull away from the teeth and expose the root surfaces. Receding gums, which may be caused by a number of factors, can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and give you a ‘toothy’ smile. Aside from cosmetic concerns, gum recession increases the risk of root surface decay and damage. Factors that contribute to gum recession include:

  • Gum disease
  • Genetics
  • Misaligned bite

The Pinhole Procedure

Treatment for Receding Gums in Birmingham, AL

If you have gum recession, Dr. Kent may recommend PST™ to restore your gum line and create a beautiful smile. Many people experience gum recession when they habitually grind their teeth or if they have gum disease. Traditional gum surgery for recession can inadvertently damage the healthy tissues but patients do have other options. PST™ can be very effective for restoring the gum line without causing damage to the tissues.

Benefits of The Pinhole Surgical Technique ™

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) offers a number of benefits to patients with receding gums. Some of the benefits of PST™ include:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Corrects gum recession without surgery
  • No incisions or sutures required
  • Healthier smile
  • Multiple teeth treated in a single visit
  • Immediate cosmetic benefits

The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ Procedure

To begin the treatment with PST™, Dr. Kent will numb the areas to ensure comfort. A pinhole sized opening is created in the gum tissue near the area of recession, through which special instruments are introduced. She is able to gently reposition existing gum tissue over the exposed roots and achieve a healthier level. Following this step, collagen strips are applied to hold the tissue in place during the healing process.

If you are worried about the effects of gum recession, PST™ for receding gums surgery may be the best option for restoring your smile. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Kent for receding gums treatment in Birmingham, AL today!


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Dr. Leigh W. Kent
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Birmingham, AL 35209
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