What Is Gum Recession?

  • Gum recession is when your gum tissue pulls away from your teeth, exposing the roots underneath.

  • Gum recession can’t be reversed, but treatment can prevent it from getting worse.

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Gum recession cannot be reversed

BUT

Treatment can prevent it from getting worse!

Symptoms

The most apparent sign of gum recession is tooth root exposure. Other gum recession warning signs include:

  • Pain or discomfort near your gum line.

  • Sensitivity to heat, cold and sweets.

  • Sensitivity when brushing and flossing your teeth.

  • Sensitivity during dental cleanings.

Recession left untreated.....
Can lead to: 

Bone loss

Tooth mobility or feeling "wiggly"

Tooth loss.

Poor oral hygiene is a contributing factor to gum recession

BUT

Many people simply have a genetic predisposition to thin gum tissue.

What Causes Recession?

  • Brushing too hard or too aggressively.

  • Periodontal disease.

  • Trauma or injury to your gum tissue.

  • Abnormal tooth positioning (misalignment)

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco use.

  • Lip and tongue piercings.

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Can My Gums Grow Back?

Receding gums can’t grow back. But, you can take steps to prevent gum recession from worsening.

Prevention of Recession

Can’t always be prevented, especially if you are genetically predisposed to thin gum tissue. However, you can significantly reduce your risk of infection-related gum recession by practicing proper teeth and gum care. For example:

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly twice every day.

  • Floss once daily.

  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash twice daily.

  • Follow your dental hygienist's  recommendation for teeth cleanings. (Many people can maintain healthy gums with six-month cleanings, but some may need more frequent visits.)

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

  • Don’t smoke or use chewing tobacco.

Treatment for Recession

Gum recession treatment largely depends on what caused the condition.

 

Mild cases of gum recession may be improved with nonsurgical treatments, such as topical antibiotics, dental bonding or orthodontics.

 

In most instances, however, gum recession surgery is needed to fully correct the problem.

Before Gum Graft

After Gum Graft

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Dental Bonding (white filling materials)

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