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Symptoms of Gum Recession

Gum recession is a serious disorder and should be treated as such. Thankfully, there are treatment options, such as the Pinhole Surgical Technique ™, that are commonly used to address this issue. If you or a loved one is facing this condition, it is important that you make informed decisions. Take some time to learn about gum recession, its symptoms and proper treatment methods.

Gum Pain

Gum Recession

As the name indicates, gum recession is when the gum tissue recedes away from the tooth. This is a gradual process that occurs after the jaw bone that supports the tissue withdraws. The four common contributing factors to gum recession are:

  1. Genetics
  2. Advanced gum disease or periodontal disease
  3. Trauma to the jaw or mouth
  4. Bruxism, or grinding or clenching the teeth


There are a few symptoms that individuals may look for that can help determine if they have this condition.

  • teeth roots are visible
  • teeth look longer
  • teeth become very sensitive
  • inflammation and bleeding of the gums
  • halitosis, or bad breath

Effective Treatment

Some symptoms may not be automatic indicators of gum recession. That is why it is important to consult with a dentist to verify the condition. As a dentist skilled in the Pinhole Surgical Technique ™ in Aliso Viejo, CA, Dr. Claire Cho is skilled in addressing gum recession issues. This method is a minimally invasive technique, where Dr. Cho makes a pinhole sized opening in the gum tissue, then loosens the tissue in the area to reposition it at the regular gum line. Small strips of collagen are inserted to hold the tissue in place. With just the small pinhole sized opening, the tissue is able to heal quickly.

If you face gum recession or any other oral health issue, it is helpful to have a quality dentist on your side. Dr. Cho not only has years of experience in the field, but her commitment to the craft is evident through her continued advancement. Come see for yourself why she is the best choice to help you reach your oral health goals. Contact us today.

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Dr. Claire Cho, Claire Cho DDS, CA

Claire Cho, DDS, has been serving patients for over 31 years.

She is passionate about applying new knowledge in her practice and attends continuing education courses annually. These advanced courses have enabled her to gain specialized knowledge on implantology, dental prosthetics, soft tissue grafting, neuromuscular occlusion, and bone and tissue regeneration.

Dr. Cho is one of the few dentists in Orange County offering LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), the FDA-approved gum disease treatment that doesn’t involve cutting and sewing. She combines science with an artistic eye to transform the smiles and lives of patients. Her recent accolades include nominations for Best of LA Cosmetic Dentist and Top Doc of Orange County by Orange Coast magazine and being awarded fellow status by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

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