Gum recession is loss of the attached or functional gingiva that normally encompasses our teeth. Loss of this protective tissue can lead to a compromise of the supporting structures of the teeth. There are many factors that can cause or contribute to gingival recession. Some factors include periodontal disease, a history of smoking, genetics, and brushing habits.
There are several methods available to treat gingival recession depending upon the type and extent of recession present. These include the traditional method of connective tissue grafting, allografting which involves the use of human donor tissue instead of palatal tissue, and the Chao Pinhole technique which avoids the use of palatal tissue and sutures. Dr. Brinker is committed to choosing the most effective, and also the least invasive, methods for her patients.