Gingival recession, also known as receding gums, is the exposure in the roots of the teeth caused by a loss of gum tissue and/or retraction of the gingival margin from the crown of the teeth.
Receding gums are a clear sign of gum disease, which many people might ignore. It is a condition where the diseased tissue around the tooth begins to wear away or pull back.
Gum recession usually takes place gradually which is why people often don’t realize that they have it. One of the very first signs can be noticing your teeth feel more sensitive than normal and sometimes you will notice that your teeth look longer than you remember.
Often when gum recession occurs it can create pockets or gaps in between your teeth and gums, and if recession is substantial then these pockets can be pretty deep.
Gum recession may occur because of
- An aggressive tooth brushing or flossing
- A gum trauma
- As a natural aging process
The most common signs and symptoms of gum recession include:
- Exposure of the tooth root along the gumline
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
Receding gum treatment varies greatly, depending on the severity of your gum disease. The first step in treating receding gums is to determine what factors are contributing to the recession so that they can be minimized and if possible, eliminated.
Our dentists and hygienist will help you to identify the cause and will instruct you in how to address it.