Receding Gums

It can be scary and painful to have receding gums, but you don't need to worry. There are several steps you can take at home that may serve as effective treatment for receding gums, depending on the severity of the problem. The first step for addressing an oral health matter is to consult your dentist to find out whether your oral health requires further measures.

It can be caused by any number of life habits, and your course of treatment is often dependent on the cause of the problem.

What Causes Gum Recession:

  • Overly aggressive brushing or flossing. It's great to be enthusiastic about oral care,  you should make sure that you're brushing, not scrubbing! Never use a toothbrush that isn't labeled "soft." Be gentle on your teeth, and remember that taking care of them isn't supposed to hurt.

  • Genetics. Your gums' characteristics are determined by your genetics, just as the rest of your body is. If one or both of your parents have gum recession, you're at a higher risk for receding gums.

  • Abnormal tooth positioning. If your teeth are not in alignment to one another, gum recession can occur in this situation.

  • Grinding your teeth, or bruxism. Do you often wake up with a headache? Does your spouse or partner complain that you grind your teeth? This habit can be the cause of many dental maladies, not just gum recession, so let your dentist know right away if you think you are grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding can be treated easily and painlessly with a mouth guard and several other options.

  • Trauma to gum tissue. The gum tissue may recede when a traumatic injury has occurred on a tooth or teeth.

  • Poor oral health. If your oral health habits are questionable, gum recession may be a result of periodontitis.

How to treat Gum DIsease:

Don't worry. No matter what caused your gum recession, there is a treatment.

If you are only mildly affected by receding gums, that's great! Catching it early means that you likely won't require professional treatment to fix it. Your dentist will help you identify the cause and will instruct you in how to address it.

Depending on the cause of your gum recession, you may have to have surgical treatment. This procedure will be done by our periodontist and is called a gum graft. Your periodontist can tell you more about this procedure and what to expect.

Dr. Lawrence Chong, certified Pinhole clinician, performs revolutionary Pinhole® Surgical Technique as an alternative to gum grafting at Phi Dental Care  located in Sault Ste. Marie, On to treat gum recessions predictably and minimally invasive.

What is Pinhole Surgical Technique™ in Sault Ste. Marie ON?

Gum recession breakthrough treatment also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation and Lunchtime Gum Lift is a procedure in which Dr. Lawrence Chong, the certified Pinhole provider at Phi Dental Care, Sault Ste. Marie ON, uses specialized instruments to make a small hole in your gum and add collagen material which stabilizes the area of gum recession. This new method is simple, graft-free, suture-free, scalpel free and minimally invasive. PST™ was developed and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. It has been featured in the International Journal of Periodontics, one of the most prestigious dentistry journals in the world.

Why choose Pinhole ®Surgical Technique (PST™) ?

Unlike gum grafting, The Pinhole Surgery Technique™ is minimally invasive and does not cut gum tissue, making it a much less painful option. Gum recession was traditionally treated using a connective tissue graft, which “harvests” gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and then sutures it to the affected area. Connective tissue grafts have a recovery period of up to three weeks and patients often experience side effects including: gum pain, swelling and bleeding. Palatal tissue grafts (tissue taken from the roof of your mouth) also have a different esthetic appearance than normal gum tissue, as the color and texture of roof tissue does not match that of your gums. Other methods, such as using donor tissues, may require intricate suturing, leading to possible complications and infection.

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Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (Gum Lift)


  • Non-invasive

  • Reduces the side effects of gum surgery (bleeding, swelling, gum pain)

  • Near-immediate cosmetic improvement

  • Incision, scalpel and suture-free

  • Accelerated recovery

  • One visit can treat multiple areas of recession

  • Less discomfort for the patient after treatment

  • No need for uncomfortable sutures

  • No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools

  • No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate

  • Excellent, natural looking and long lasting results

If you have any concerns about possible gum recession, or are worried about gum grafting, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lawrence Chong, a provider of  the Pinhole Surgical Technique. We will be happy to discuss the details and benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™.

* Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®™ and PST®™ are registered trademarks of John Chao DDS MAGD, 2008 

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