There are numerous symptoms to gum disease, but few are as damaging as unimpeded gum recession. This occurs when the gum tissue pulls back from the teeth, making the teeth look longer than they should. Our periodontist sees this problem all the time, and unfortunately, many people delay seeking treatment. Once you notice the gums pulling back, you need to seek relief or else you could deal with serious complications.
- Bad Aesthetics
Ultimately, patients need to correct a receding gum line promptly or else their smile will look significantly worse. It can make people self-conscious about their smiles. For no other reason, treatment can restore your confidence.
- Exposure of Tooth Roots
The roots of your teeth are not designed to be exposed. Roots of teeth are substantially more susceptible to tooth decay. This is due to the fact this part of the teeth is covered with cementum, which decays faster than enamel. Over time, you can develop cavities, which will complicate treatments to handle gum disease.
- Increased Sensitivity
Roots of teeth are more susceptible to decay, and they are also more susceptible to sensitivity from hot and cold substances. You may find it more difficult to consume hot soup or ice cream with a receded gum line.
- Tooth Loss
When the situation escalates, your teeth will begin to feel loose. They will eventually fall out entirely due to not having sufficient support. Once you start losing teeth, you will need to look into restorative methods, such as dental implants, to get your dental health back to normal.
Get Assistance Right Away
Even if you only suspect you have an oral health problem, you should still schedule an appointment with Dr. Andres R. Sanchez. We have an experienced, friendly team at PerioWest dedicated to helping you live life to the fullest. It is easy to treat gum recession when it is still early, so contact us immediately when you notice a problem.