Exceptional Results in Gum Recession Care
Gum recession is a common oral condition affecting the appearance of your smile and health of your teeth. As Seattle’s premier periodontal specialists, Dr. Darrin Rapoport and Dr. Ralf Schuler have amassed extensive knowledge and experience in restoring the gum line to proper levels. They have performed thousands of gum grafts, and rely on the Allen Tunnel Technique for gum recession to deliver the health-saving results your smile needs.
Gum Recession Symptoms
In a healthy mouth, the gum tissue wraps snugly around each tooth evenly. But as gum recession progresses, the tissue starts to wear away. You will see spaces forming between your teeth and gum tissue, and some teeth may appear longer than normal.
Other symptoms of gum recession include:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
- Discoloration near the gumline
- Loose teeth or teeth that appear to have shifted out of place
- Exposed tooth roots
- Bad breath
- Swollen, red gums
- A bad taste in the mouth
Common Causes of Gum Recession
There are a number of factors that can cause gum recession, including the following:
- Periodontal disease
- Overly aggressive or incorrect brushing or flossing
- Injury or trauma to the mouth
- Misaligned teeth
- Chronic tooth grinding
- Hormonal changes (such as those brought about by puberty, pregnancy or menopause)
No matter what has caused your gum recession, Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler will design a plan to treat it based on your oral health and the amount of recession you have. Our team is committed to doing whatever necessary to help you reclaim optimal oral health.
Treating Gum Recession
Gum recession must be addressed by a dentist or periodontist, or else the problem will continue to get worse. There are several safe and effective ways to treat gum recession at Pacific Northwest Periodontics. Our team prefers the Allen Tunnel Technique.
How the Allen Tunnel Technique Works
Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler make a small “tunnel” between the gums and the teeth. Then, they reposition the gum tissue to cover the exposed tooth roots, and attach the gum tissue with small sutures. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth.
The healing time and post-operative discomfort is minimal compared to other grafting methods, such as those that use donor tissue from the roof of the mouth.
After treatment, you will be asked not to brush the surgical sites while they heal. You will see Dr. Rapoport or Dr. Schuler a few weeks after surgery to have your sutures removed.
Why We Perform the Allen Tunnel Technique
- More comfortable than other grafting methods
- Minimizes discomfort and tissue trauma
- Results equal to or surpassing those of traditional gum grafts
- Utilizes your own tissue for best results
- Covers and protects exposed root surfaces
- Provides esthetic improvement to your smile
- Improved integration of graft with surrounding tissue
- Better healing as compared to traditional grafting
Gum Recession FAQs
What caused my gums to recede?
The primary cause of gum recession is periodontal disease, which attacks the tissue and bone holding your teeth in place. Gum recession can also be caused by genetics, misaligned teeth, chronic teeth grinding, hormonal changes and other factors.
Will receding gums grow back on their own?
No, gum tissue does not regenerate on its own like other tissues do.
Will treatment with the Allen Tunnel Technique hurt?
The minimally invasive Allen Tunnel Technique is more comfortable than other grafting methods and minimizes tissue trauma and discomfort.
What can I do to avoid gum recession in the future?
The best thing you can do is practice good oral hygiene habits. You should brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush (using a gentle stroke) and floss daily. Be sure to see your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. Also, change any habits that could have contributed to gum recession — for example, if you know you grind your teeth, get fitted for a nightguard. Or, if you smoke, take steps to quit.
Delivering Optimal Gum Health Is Our Specialty
Diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology and renowned for expert-level skill in all phases of periodontal care, Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler focus on delivering high quality, lasting results for your oral health. The Allen Tunnel Technique is revered as the most ideal way to restore a receding gum line, and is preferred by Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler for its proven, predictable outcomes in gum health and appearance.
When it comes to your gum recession treatment, trust the periodontists other dentists themselves turn to for advanced, expert care. Regain control over your smile and oral health by scheduling your gum recession consultation with Dr. Rapoport or Dr. Schuler today. You can reach us by calling (206) 575-1086 or sending us an email.
When it comes to your gum recession treatment, trust the periodontist other dentists themselves turn to for advanced, expert care. Regain control over your smile and oral health by scheduling your gum recession consultation with Dr. Rapoport today.