240 S. Hickory Street, Suite 207. Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: 760-746-3663

Gum recession is when the level of the gums begins to change and recede from it’s original height exposing more tooth structure. When gum recession is present it can cause root sensitivity (because the gums are no longer covering the roots of the teeth), it can cause cavities (because the part of the tooth showing is softer and more vulnerable to bacteria), it can cause systemic infection (because the bacteria can now more readily enter the blood stream when the recession has gone past the attached margin), and gum recession can make bone loss happen more readily. Gum recession is also unsightly and makes the smile look aged.

While gum recession is fairly common, it should not go left untreated. Gum recession happens gradually with age, the teeth will start to look longer. There are several causes of gum recession:

  • Periodontal Disease: A bacterial infection that begins as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and when left untreated the bacteria begins to destroy the supporting bone that holds the teeth in place.
  • Grinding and Clenching of the Teeth: Grinding and clenching of the teeth is not normal and places excessive pressure against the teeth which can cause the gums to pull away or recede from their original height. Grinding and clenching of the teeth during sleep is a common cause of gum recession.
  • Crooked Teeth: When teeth are not aligned properly they can crowd out the gums and create gum recession.
  • Misaligned Bite: When the bite is not coming together evenly, excessive pressure and force can be applied to a tooth or multiple teeth which places force on the gums and bone which can cause gum recession.
  • Body Piercing of the Lip or Tongue: Jewelry rubbing repeatedly against the gums and bone can cause trauma to the gums and bone and cause gum recession.
  • Aggressive Tooth Brushing: Aggressive brushing with a hard bristle toothbrushes can cause the gums to recede.
  • Insufficient Dental Care: A lack of brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings can make calculus (tarter) form on the teeth, tarter can crowd out the gums and cause gum recession.
  • Hormonal Changes: Changes in female hormones in a woman’s lifetime can make the gums more vulnerable to gum recession.

Dr. Kerbs does a type of gum grafting called the Pinhole Surgical Technique, also called Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is a technique that doesn’t require any cutting, it doesn’t require any sutures, and it doesn’t require a grafting site.

Dr. Kerbs makes a tiny “pinhole” entry point and through this pinhole entry he repositions the gums back to their original height. He then fills the tissue with collagen which thickens and rejuvenates the tissue.

The Pinhole technique is minimally invasive so less post-operative symptoms are experienced. Dr. Kerbs will treat a single tooth or a section of teeth depending on what is needed.

Fixing gum recession can help in the prevention of tooth loss and create a younger more vibrant looking smile. Following are 10 benefits of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation:

  • May take as little as one session to correct gum recession.
  • Less post-operative swelling or discomfort because the procedure doesn’t require cutting, sutures, or a grafting site.
  • Long lasting results.
  • The tiny opening “pinhole” heals in 24 hours in most cases.
  • Requires no prescription pain medication.
  • Can prevent tooth loss and prevent the need for more costly restorative procedures such as dentures and dental implants.
  • Treatment sessions are finished in 1-2 hours.
  • Creates a more youthful and attractive smile.
  • Patients report feeling happier that they can smile without having to hide their ugly receded teeth and gums.
  • Most Patients are back to normal activated in 24-48 hours.

Experience holistic dentistry with Jeffry Kerbs, DDS. Call us today at 760-746-3663. We welcome patients from Encinitas, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, San Marcos and nearby areas.



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Jeffry S. Kerbs, DDS, is an AACD-accredited cosmetic dentist who cares for patients from the communities of North County San Diego, San Marcos, Encinitas, Escondido, Vista, San Elijo Hills and Rancho Bernardo and the surrounding areas. Located at 240 S. Hickory Street, Suite 207 in Escondido, CA 92025. Call: 760-746-3663.