Having healthy gums is the best way you can ensure your teeth and mouth stay strong and beautiful. Unfortunately, some people may be silently suffering from gum recession, which can be detrimental to your overall oral health. Dr. Amarik Singh, a periodontist in Chicago, IL, helps patients with gum problems improve their mouth’s condition and get relief from pain or tenderness. Here at our office, we specialize in treating diseased gums with the revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This is a minimally-invasive procedure that provides a solution for several types of gum issues. Many of our patients prefer it to traditional surgical procedures because of less pain and a shorter recovery time. Check your gums for the signs of recession by looking for a few telltale clues.
Pain When Eating or Drinking
If you experience pain when eating or drinking, this may be a sign that something is wrong. Gum recession often comes along with increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods. You may also feel a dull pain long after eating.
Appearance Changes in the Teeth
When gum tissue begins to recede, it may also give your teeth a different look. Some patients notice that their teeth appear longer and more narrow because of the loss of gum tissue.
More Cavities or Decay
If gum tissue starts to disappear around your teeth, it may also cause you to make more trips to the dentist for cavities and fillings. Damaged gums could cause more problems with tooth decay if not properly treated.
Left untreated, receding gums can also lead to loose teeth. This means it is more likely that the teeth will fall out at some time in the future. For most patients, there are treatment options before it gets to this point. If you have noticed changes in the appearance of your gums and teeth, or if you are concerned about decay, contact us as soon as possible. We can help determine if you are suffering from receding gums and get you started on a treatment plan.