Common Procedures that Address Gum Recession:

• Laser therapy to treat periodontitis
• The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)
• Soft tissue grafting

Gum recession can and should be treated to protect teeth and improve your appearance. Call or contact our office today so we can make an appointment for you!

The Pinhole Procedure

Symptoms of Gum Recession

The following symptoms are signs of gum recession:
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • The exposure of more of the tooth root
  • Changes in the tooth color
  • Increase of spaces between the teeth
  • Cavities below the gum line
  • Tooth feels notched at the gum line


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Finding the Best Treatment for Your Gum Recession

Whether gum recession is the result of periodontitis or some other cause, there are a number of ways Dr. David Williams can treat this condition in Pensacola, FL so that your teeth and gums are healthier and more attractive. 

Uncontrolled bacteria in the mouth is one of the leading reasons that patients experience gum recession. It can happen slowly and without notice during the early stages of gum disease but without treatment, it will usually progress into periodontitis. Periodontitis is an infection that destroys the gums and bone tissues and places teeth at a serious risk of loss.

Dr. Williams uses the latest laser technology to treat periodontitis, preferring it over the traditional method which relies on cutting and suturing. In fact, traditional gum disease treatment can actually cause gum recession because it damages healthy gum tissue.

Brushing too hard, holding the brush at the wrong angle, and using hard bristles instead of soft bristles can also make the gums recede. In these cases, an electric toothbrush can be useful. Lifestyle behaviors such as smoking or chewing tobacco, mouth piercings, genetics, damaged teeth, and poor occlusion can also cause recession.

In addition to treating periodontitis with laser treatment to remove bacteria and shrink periodontal pockets, Dr. Williams can improve the gum line in two ways:

1. Soft tissue grafting: Samples of tissue from the mouth or a tissue bank are attached to the gums to make them longer.

2. PST™: This is a newer, more comfortable way to increase length on the gum line without any cutting or suturing. The procedure is performed in once office visit and the recovery period is faster and more tolerable.

Receiving the right treatment for gum recession in Pensacola, FL is important, and Dr. Williams can help. Call or contact our office today so we can make an appointment for you!