Receding Gums: Treatment and Causes

receding gums, pinhole surgical technique

It may not be easy to spot receding gums at first. However, once the gums pull back too much, it becomes readily apparent and requires immediate treatment. It is vital to understand how this condition affects your oral health so that you can take steps to avoid it later in life.


There are many reasons why a person may develop gum recession. The most common is due to periodontal diseases. As gum disease progresses, it targets the underlying bone and gum tissue, causing the teeth to look longer in appearance. Other possible explanations include:

  • Overly aggressive tooth brushing
  • Hormonal changes
  • Insufficient dental maintenance
  • Genetics


In addition to a receding gum line, there are other symptoms to be aware of. The initial recession may be marginal at first, so you should pay attention to other changes in your oral health to see if prompt action is required.

You will notice an increased sensitivity to hot and cold items due to the roots of your teeth being exposed. Without treatment, receding gums can lead to tooth decay, bleeding gums, halitosis and tooth loss.


As soon as you notice the symptoms, you should immediately contact the McCawley Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley are proficient with the Pinhole Surgical Technique™. This is a new type of surgery that involves our periodontist repositioning the gum tissue into a more attractive aesthetic. It does not require any sutures or cutting, so the recovery period is much quicker. It also leads to substantially less inflammation and discomfort.

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You do not want to wait until gum recession has gotten out of hand. The sooner you contact us, the less treatment you’ll require.

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Gum Recession Therapy

gum recession therapy

One of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease is gum recession. This occurs when the gum tissue begins to pull back from the teeth, making the teeth look longer than they should. Not only does it compromise the person’s aesthetic, it can further exacerbate health problems. When you notice recession occurring, you should call Dr. Tom McCawley to see if the Pinhole® Surgical Technique is right for you. If it is, then there are many benefits you stand to gain.

Nearly Free of Pain

Our periodontist in Ft. Lauderdale, FL will apply a topical anesthetic to the area, so you will not feel much during the procedure. As a result, it is a much more comfortable procedure than gum disease treatments of the past. There will also be little to no post-op pain, making the recovery process much easier to get through.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

One aspect of PST® all patients enjoy is that no stitching or cutting is required. Our periodontist will not have to cut through healthy tissue in the mouth. The process does not rely on a suture or scalpel at all. Due to this, you will not have as severe as a recovery period as gum treatments from years ago.

Fast Procedure

In the dental world, many professionals refer to PST™ as the “lunchtime gum lift.” This is because it can generally be done in just one visit that only lasts about 30 minutes. You will be in and out in no time, so you can easily schedule the appointment within your busy schedule.

A Fast Recovery

Gum grafts of the past would sometimes take weeks to recover from. You will feel as good as new within a day or two with the Pinhole® Surgical Technique. There is no need to live with gum recession when you can visit the McCawley Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants. Call us as soon as you notice a problem, so we can recommend the best treatment for you.