How Do I Know if I Have Gum Recession?
Though gum recession must be diagnosed by a skilled professional, such as Dr. Singh, there are some identifiable characteristics that can indicate the presence of the condition. You may have receding gums if you notice or experience one or more of the following:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Teeth appear elongated
- Notch or dent near the gum line
- Darkened tooth surface near the gum line
- Triangular spaces between the teeth
Once the gum tissues recede, they will not return to normal levels on their own. Any concerns regarding the presence of gum recession should be discussed with Dr. Singh.
Why Is Receding Gum Tissue Cause for Concern?
When tooth root surfaces are exposed to the oral environment due to receding gum tissue, they are placed at a much higher risk of sustaining damage or tooth decay. The root portions of the tooth structure are softer than those protected by enamel (enamel covers the crown or visible portion of the tooth). Receding tissue results in loss of protection for the tooth from elements such as bacteria, toothbrush abrasion and other factors having the potential to inflict harm upon the delicate root surface. Tooth loss can occur in severe cases of recession.
Even in the absence of any tooth sensitivity, esthetic concerns may indicate the presence of gum recession. For more information on addressing receding gums in Oak Brook, IL, contact our office today to schedule your visit with Dr. Amarik Singh.