What is gum recession?
Gum recession is a common dental problem affecting many patients that occurs when the gum tissue around the teeth pulls back or wears away, exposing more of the tooth potentially down to its root. This increased tooth and root exposure often can lead to tooth sensitivity, pain, and even tooth loss if left untreated.
What causes gum recession?
Gum recession has multiple possible causes. This includes:
Symptoms of gum recession
Gum recession is not always noticed by patients early on, and it often gradually progresses over time. Common symptoms include:
Prevention and treatment of gum recession
As is commonly the case in dentistry, the best way to treat gum recession is to prevent it from happening in the first place. This includes maintaining good oral hygiene practices, regular cleanings, and check-ups.
The treatment of gum recession depends on severity. In mild cases, Dr. Adam Staniscia and Dr. Derek Yuen may recommend brushing more softly and monitoring during regular check-ups. They may also recommend treating underlying issues including misaligned teeth (e.g., Invisalign) or teeth grinding (e.g., night guard). In more serious cases, treatment options may include:
Gum recession is a common dental problem that can be caused by a variety of factors. If you are noticing gum recession or experiencing symptoms, it is important that you visit your dentist for an assessment.
If you would like to book an assessment with Dr. Adam Staniscia and Dr. Derek Yuen, your Surrey B.C. Dentists at Guildford Family Dentistry, please give our office a call at:
604-581-2232 or email [email protected]
We look forward to welcoming you to our practice!