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If you have tooth sensitivity, tooth pain, or lengthening or loose teeth, these are all signs of gum recession. When gum tissue recedes or pulls away from the teeth, exposing tooth roots, gum recession has taken hold. Whether your gums have receded because of harsh tooth brushing habits, teeth grinding and jaw clenching (called bruxism), trauma, misaligned teeth, genetics or active gum disease, you don’t have to live with the unsightly results thanks to the treatment options here at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry in Palm Desert, California.

Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists can restore your healthy-looking gums using soft tissue grafting or the renowned Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Let’s take a closer look!

Soft Tissue Graft: Dr. Nicholas uses this treatment to replace the tissues lost from gum recession by taking healthy gum tissue from the palate of the mouth or from a donor source. The tissue is then attached to the affected area to shore up the gums and protect not only the affected tooth but the supportive bone material from being diminished. The goal is to cover the exposed tooth roots on the affected teeth. Soft tissue grafting is also used to help dental implants look more natural. The result? Less tooth sensitivity and a more cosmetically appealing smile.

Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique: Dr. Nicholas is a certified Chao Pinhole® Technique clinician who highly recommends this minimally invasive, scalpel and suture-free treatment because of the excellent results she has personally seen. This surgical technique, also called Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ or Lunchtime Gum Lift,™ restores your gums with less bleeding and discomfort than typical oral surgery procedures. It quickly improves your oral health and your smile aesthetic. Dr. NIcholas accomplishes by creating a tiny hole in the gum tissue and loosening the tissue with a needle. Using this gum tissue, Dr. Nicholas can adjust the receding area to cover the roots with the help of specialized tools.

Our patients love this treatment option because there’s no surgery, grafts, or donor tissue involved, and it’s quicker (just an hour) with a quick recovery time and long-lasting results that can be seen right away! Patients also love that this treatment takes only one appointment, whether a single area needs to be treated or multiple areas. To protect the tooth roots and maintain healthy teeth and gums, simply keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine and see the dentist for twice-yearly cleanings. This treatment is done in a healthy environment as well.

If you are currently experiencing pain in the mouth and unsightly gums because of gum recession, you don’t have to live with it! Help is available now to restore your smile and your oral health thanks to the quality treatment options offered by the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. We will first complete a comprehensive periodontal exam before treatment to determine if recession is caused due to periodontal disease or other reasons. If periodontal disease is the culprit, it will be treated first.

If you live in the Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley in California, Dr. Nicholas and her skilled team invite you to give us a call to learn more and schedule your consultation. You can reach us at 760-851-0314. We look forward to helping you restore your healthy, beautiful smile!