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Another Leap Forward in Dental Healing: Reversing Gum Recession

by Dr. Jeffrey Etess

Gum recession is a common dental problem that occurs when the gums around the teeth pull away from the tooth. When the gums recede, so does the all-important jawbone that supports the tooth. There are several causes of gum recession including periodontal disease, aggressive brushing or flossing, genetics, hormonal changes, and even tobacco use. Gum recession can also be caused by improper dental procedures, such as aggressive orthodontic treatment, poorly fitting dental crowns or bridges, or improperly placed fillings. 

Some of the signs and symptoms of gum recession include bleeding gums, exposed roots, visible notches or grooves in the teeth near the gum line, and loose teeth. 

Treatment for gum recession depends on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, a dentist may recommend a change in oral hygiene habits, such as only using a soft-bristled toothbrush or switching to a gentler non-abrasive toothpaste. In more severe cases, a traditional gum grafting procedure may be needed to restore the lost gum tissue. 

Even better is the Chao Pinhole gum lift rejuvenation procedure. This minimally invasive procedure involves creating a small pinhole in the gum tissue and then using delicate instruments to gently release and reposition the gum tissue over the exposed tooth roots. The procedure is performed without the use of incisions or sutures, resulting in a quick recovery time compared to traditional gum grafting procedures. It can be performed on multiple teeth during a single session, making it an efficient and effective gum rejuvenation treatment option. 

Regular dental checkups are essential for preventing and treating gum recession. Dental hygiene teams specialize in monitoring oral health and identifying any signs of gum disease or other dental problems early on, so they can be prevented and treated promptly. 

Jeffrey Etess, DMD, NMD, IBDM, is an Ivy League trained Certified Endodontic Specialist/Implant Specialty Surgeon with a dual degree in Dentistry. He is also Board Certified in Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine and certified in biomimetic cosmetic dentistry. He has been providing a broad array of biological dentistry services for his patients for over 25 years. If you’re looking for the finest, safest, healthiest and most predictable results to correct your dental issues, supported by the most advanced dental technology, contact Integrative Dental Specialists. For more information, call 516-253-1800 or visit

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