If you have experienced gum recession, our expert periodontist is prepared to help you restore the beauty and health of your smile. We offer two options for treating gum recession at Dr. Anne Nicholas’s office: the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique and soft tissue grafting.

Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Clinician logo There are 2 main methods of treating gum recession: with a soft tissue /gingival graft or with the pinhole Gum rejuvenation technique. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation(TM) also known as Lunchtime Gum Lift(TM) is a gum recession breakthrough treatment. It is a scalpel free, suture free and graft free procedure for treating gum recession.

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Are you ready for the revolutionary gum rejuvenation technique that is scalpel free, suture free, and graft free? The Chao Pinhole Technique might be the right choice for your smile. Dr. Anne Nicholas is pleased to offer this advanced treatment for gum recession in Palm Desert, California. Please feel free to click on the buttons below to learn more about this exciting new technique and its benefits.

 

Soft Tissue Graft

A soft tissue graft is a procedure to replace lost soft tissue as a result of recession. Healthy gum tissue is removed from the palate or taken from another donor source and attached to the area where the gum has receded. This added tissue reseals and protects the tooth and underlying bone from further recession, bone loss, and decay.

Root Coverage

During this procedure, gum tissue from your palate or other materials are used to facilitate coverage of the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

Reasons for Root Coverage Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots, develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession, or to make prosthetic devices, such as dental implants, look natural. In some cases, they can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay and prepare teeth for orthodontic treatment. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve the aesthetics of your smile as well.

Orthodontics oral cavity showing crowded teeth and receding gumsRoot coverage will enhance this patient’s smile and thicken his gums, decreasing the risk of recession during orthodontic treatment.

Exposed Roots oral cavity with exposed tooth roots on the upper archThis patient wanted to improve her smile.

Dental Implant smile showing a partially exposed dental implant in the frontThis patient’s front dental implant was partially exposed, creating an undesirable smile.

oral cavity with metal braces and root exposure correctedRoot coverage was completed in one surgery with a gingival graft and the patient underwent orthodontic therapy three months later.

oral cavity showing corrected root exposureRoot coverage was achieved, as well as a significant thickening of the gums, which decreases her risk of obtaining periodontal diseases.

smile showing exposed implant corrected by a gum graftGingival graft was placed to cover the exposed implant so the restorations did not need to be replaced.

oral cavity showing the results of periodontal treatment and orthodontic therapyFinal results after periodontal treatment and orthodontic therapy.

Before & After

Before oral cavity showing advanced gum recession and frenum pullAdvanced recession, sensitivity, and frenum pull create a micro-gingival problem.
After oral cavity after gum graft and frenectomyA connective gingival graft taken from the palate (plus frenectomy) solved the problem.
Before oral cavity showing advanced gum recessionAesthetics, sensitivity, and minimal keratinized gingiva.
After oral cavity after connective tissue graftA connective tissue graft solved this problem.
Before oral cavity showing advanced gum recession
After oral cavity showing teeth and gums after soft tissue graft
Before oral cavity showing showing teeth and surrounding gums with advanced gum recession
After oral cavity showing teeth and gums after soft tissue graft
Before oral cavity showing a tooth with advanced gum recession
After oral cavity showing teeth and gums after soft tissue graft
Before oral cavity showing showing tooth and surrounding gums with advanced gum recessionAesthetic problem due to advancing recession.
After oral cavity showing tooth and gums after soft tissue graftA connective tissue graft with a new crown solves this problem by creating a natural appearance.