Gingival recession or gum recession occurs when gum tissue around neighboring teeth pull back which results in more exposure of the tooth or the tooth’s root. When a patients gums recede, pockets develop between the patients gum line and their teeth. This opens the doors for bacteria to grow. If the condition is left untreated, the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth can become damaged which may lead to tooth loss.
Gum recession is commonly seen in dentistry and the overwhelming majority don’t even know they are suffering from gum recession as the condition develops progressively.
Gum recession does have signs and symptoms. Most patients will report tooth sensitivity, which is generally the initial symptom of gum recession. Another common sign is when you notice your tooth may appear longer than it use to.
Gum recession should be taken seriously and not be ignored. It is important to catch the condition early in order to receive successful treatment and prevent further damage.