The symptoms of gum recession can disrupt the health, appearance, and function of your teeth and gums. Modern, comfortable treatment for gum recession in Durham, NC is available with Dr. Michael Richter to cover the exposed roots of teeth. Addressing gum recession early is important because once soft tissue is gone, it will not return on its own.
Common Consequences of Gum Recession:
- Loss of gum tissue
- Exposed tooth roots
- Tooth sensitivity
- Changes in the smile's appearance
- Increased risk for root decay and damage
- Increased risk of tooth loss
Symptoms of Gum Recession, Exposed Roots, and Other Problems
For most patients with gum recession, the process happens slowly and symptoms may not be so obvious. When gums do recede, that means something is causing the soft tissue to become irritated, pull away from the teeth, and result in exposed roots. At this stage, most patients will notice notched or dented tooth structure near the gum line, gaps between teeth, or find that their teeth appear larger or are taking on a new shape. Exposed roots often result in tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Furthermore, the roots are softer than the enamel of the teeth and are therefore more likely to sustain damage or decay.
In many cases, gum disease is the culprit. The bacteria that cause this oral infection steadily attack gum tissue and bone and will not stop until gum disease is treated. Patients who delay getting treatment for gum disease are putting their teeth and bone at serious risk. Teeth may be in serious danger of becoming loose and requiring extraction if gum disease and gum recession are severe. Other reasons gums recede include use of tobacco, hormonal changes, medications, health problems, bruxism, oral piercings, damaged teeth, occlusion (bite) problems, and poor oral hygiene.
Modern, comfortable treatment for periodontal disease and exposed roots caused by gum recession in Durham, NC is available with Dr. Richter. Call us now for your consultation.