Gum recession occurs when the soft tissue around the teeth (gums and mucosa) starts to wear down or pull away from your teeth. Gingival recession can go unnoticed for quite awhile due to the changes in your gum line happening slowly over time. However, the damage caused by gum recession can be severe and should not be left untreated. Arlington Periodontics is a periodontal office providing treatment for receding gums in Arlington, TX.
How Do I Know if I Have Receding Gums?
The most common cause of receding gums is periodontal diseases, which is an advanced form of gum disease. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is very likely that you have gingival recession. Symptoms of receding gums include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Your gums protect the roots of your teeth from external stimuli. When your gums recede and expose the roots, your teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures and/or sweet or acidic foods.
- Tooth mobility
- Your teeth are loose in your jaw bone.
- Uneven gum line
- Your gum line appears uneven, higher in one area and lower in another.
- Long teeth
- More tooth surface is exposed, causing your teeth to look longer. This is where we get the expression "long in the tooth."
- Tooth discoloration
- The crown of your tooth is usually lighter in color than the root. When the root is exposed, so is the noticeable difference in color.
- The tooth feels notched near the gum line
- This naturally occurring notch where the root and enamel intersect is usually covered by healthy gum tissue but becomes exposed with gingival recession.
- Spacing grows larger in between teeth
- The space is not actually growing but appears larger due to the gum tissue not covering the space.
Once your gum tissue wears away or is destroyed, it does not grow back on its own. If you have periodontal disease or are experiencing any of these symptoms of receding gums, you should seek treatment immediately. Call Arlington Periodontics in Arlington, TX to schedule your consultation as soon as possible.