What Is the “Tunneling” Technique for Gum Recession?

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If you have sensitive teeth and have noticed your teeth appear longer, chances are you have gum recession. While your gum tissue will never grow back on its own, Dr. Anderson can “reverse” gum recession with a unique surgical “tunneling” technique. Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist, uses this minimally invasive technique as an alternative to traditional gingival grafting.  In addition to earning her masters in soft tissue grafting techniques at the University of Michigan, Dr. Anderson remains ahead of the curve.  In 2019, she became certified as a S.M.A.R.T. (minimally invasive tissue grafting) provider at the University of Pennsylvania where she trained under its founder Dr. Ernesto Lee. This technique not only addresses cases of bone deformity, but treats recession as it reinforces the structures that determine the position of the soft tissue.

 

Why Gum Recession Occurs

Gums can recede for a variety of reasons and due to its slow progression, many people don’t realize they even have this condition. Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common cause of receding gums, which is why it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Other factors that contribute to gum recession include:

  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Tooth grinding and clenching
  • Poor dental health
  • “Frenum” or muscle pulls
  • Genetics

How the Tunneling Technique Treats Receding Gums

The tunneling technique is a multi-step process. First, Dr. Anderson cleans the surface of the teeth, including the exposed tooth roots and applies an etch to the roots (EDTA) to allow soft tissue ingress. Next, using a laparoscopic type technique, Dr. Anderson gently tunnels under the gum tissue with a specialized dental tool. The gum tissue between the teeth remains intact, while the tissue below will have a space for the new graft. Then, Dr. Anderson inserts the tissue graft under the gum tissue to cover the exposed roots, making sure to optimize the aesthetic look of the tissue, as well. Finally, she will suture the graft in place so the treated site can heal. Treating your gum recession with this minimally invasive technique can improve your gum health, root sensitivity and smile appearance – most of all it reduces your risk profile anatomically.

 

Schedule your appointment

Have receding gums and are ready for treatment? Contact Dr. Lauren Anderson of Anderson Periodontal Wellness today to schedule your consultation for gum recession in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

 

Got You Covered: Periodontal Techniques for Gum Recession

When the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, exposing tooth roots and making teeth look longer, turn to a dentist who specializes in treating recession- a periodontist. Find out how a periodontist in Bloomfield Hills, MI can treat your gum recession and restore your smile.

What Makes Gum Surgery Worth It?

Appearances aren’t everything, but they can go a long way in elevating your quality of life knowing the foundation structures of your teeth are stable. Most gum recession cases are treated for health reasons and as an added benefit, esthetics improve.

Check out some of the top benefits of having your gum recession treated:

  • Corrects high risk problematic dental anatomy
  • Prevents further recession
  • Can lower teeth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Protects the roots of teeth, which helps protect teeth from decay
  • Improves smiles and can boost confidence
  • Promotes a healthier mouth in general

A Look at Gum Grafting Procedures

Take a look at some of the advanced solutions you’ll find at Anderson Periodontal Wellness:

Coronally advanced flap technique – using small vertical incisions to the gums, the periodontist will carefully advance the gum to cover exposed tooth roots.

Tunneling – this minimally invasive technique entails creating a thin tunnel in the gums, near the site of the gum recession. Graft material is inserted into the tunnel, which is drawn out to cover the exposed tooth roots.

Free gingival graft – this technique involving using donor tissue from another area of the mouth to graft onto the area where your gums are receding.

Keep in Mind

There are many techniques an experienced periodontist can perform to stop gum recession and restore the esthetics of your smile. To get the most of your investment, proper long-term oral hygiene practices are critical. Brushing and flossing techniques will be reviewed to help best maintain your new smile!

Gum Recession in Bloomfield Hills, Mi

Reserve a time to talk with a Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about your options for correcting your gum recession in Bloomfield Hills, MI by contacting Anderson Periodontal Wellness by phone at (248) 480-4910.

Laser Dentistry: Turning Back the Tide of Receding Gums

laser dentistry used to fight gum disease at bloomfield hills dentist office

Once the stuff of science fiction, lasers continue to find more applications in the medical sector. In the field of dentistry specifically, lasers have been making gum disease treatment more affordable and effective for all.

One day soon, you might have a routine dental procedure done with the help of a strong, yet extremely precise beam of laser light, instead of a drill or a probe. Here’s how that laser light would be used if you were battling gum disease.

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