Gum Disease Treatment with Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation in Portland

More common than ever before, gum recession is affecting millions of people. Learn more about gum disease treatments before it’s too late.

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What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession is one of the most common— and ignored — gum ailments. Gum recession creates pockets and gaps between the teeth and the gumline where bacteria can hide and reproduce. The result is an increased risk of decay, sensitivity, and even tooth loss.

Oftentimes, gum recession progresses so gradually that it can be hard to recognize the warning signs. It’s important to schedule regular dental checkups where your dentist will monitor your gum health and look for signs of possible gum recession.

Symptoms of Gum Recession

Chronic bad breath

Teeth that look too long

Bleeding or tender gums

Extremely sensitive teeth

Assessing Your Risk of Gum Recession

Do you need gum disease treatment? Gum recession may be influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • Genetics – Nearly 30% of people are believed to be predisposed to gum disease, no matter how well they brush or floss
  • Diet – A diet rich in antioxidants can help reduce your risk of gum recession
  • Hormones – Pregnancy, menopause, and other hormonal changes can increase your risk of receding gums
  • Tobacco – If you smoke or use tobacco products, the best way to improve your health (and reduce risk of gum recession) is to quit

Above all else, the most common cause of receding gums is improper dental care. This may include not brushing/flossing often enough or brushing too aggressively. It may also include infrequent dental checkups and cleanings. To minimize your risk needing gum disease treatment or gum recession treatment, see a dentist regularly and ask for instruction on proper brushing and flossing technique.

Common Gum Recession Treatments

Until the advent of the high-tech Pinhole surgical technique, a gum recession treatment was often painful and invasive. See how they compare:

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Other Gum Recession Procedures
Healing Time Because there is no scalpel and no stitches, you’ll heal fast. Tissue grafts and multiple treatments lead to long healing times.
Comfort Only aspirin or ibuprofen are needed to ensure your comfort. Highly invasive gum recession treatments are anything but comfortable.
Results You’ll see immediate, natural-looking and long-lasting results. It will take time to see results (often multiple treatments are needed) and the cosmetic results are often less than impressive.

“My husband and I have gone to Blodgett Dental Care for 4 years. The care, skill, and attention to health and aesthetics is amazing. The staff is friendly and supportive, which also reflects highly on Dr. Blodgett. After less then satisfactory experiences with other dentists, Dr. Blodgett has succeeded in giving my husband a wonderful new smile. We are so pleased!”

– Jan J.

Meet Dr. Blodgett – Portland’s Gum Disease Treatment Expert

“Dr. John Chao developed the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation procedure. I was in the first class that was ever taught on this technique and I learned this revolutionary treatment directly from Dr. Chao. I have used it to help hundreds of patients reverse their gum recession.

Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PGR is an incision and suture-free gum disease treatment that produces amazing results in just one session.

Let’s talk about how I can help you fix receding gums and optimize your whole body health.”

“The best dental team in Portland! Do yourself a favor if you are looking for a dentist, come here! The whole crew is awesome from front to back, and the office is so clean and beautiful. They are always using new methods and technologies, plus they really care about their patients.”

– Alexandra C.

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522 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214

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Gum Recession FAQ

Are receding gums dangerous?

In a healthy mouth, gums cover the roots of the teeth. The enamel, which is the very hard outer surface of the tooth, contains no nerves. The “dentin”, however, which is the substance of which your roots are made, is filled with nerves that, when exposed, can be incredibly sensitive.

Therefore, when the root structure of your teeth is exposed, you become much more susceptible to tooth decay and erosion along and beneath the gum line. Gum recession can also lead to extreme tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, or even total tooth loss.


What is gum recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, past orthodontic treatments or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and erosion can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.


Will gum recession treatment be covered by my insurance?

Depending on your insurance plan, some of the procedure may be covered. Our team can help you understand your policy and your benefits. Call (503) 285-3620 to learn more.


My dentist said surgery was the best gum recession treatment. Is pinhole gum surgery a better option?

It’s unfortunate, but many dentists have not kept up with the latest scientific advances and techniques in gum disease treatments. Many aren’t even aware of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, despite it having been available for more than 5 years! Dr. Blodgett is happy to offer a second opinion so that you can understand all of your options for achieving whole body health.