Periodontal disease is the main cause of gum recession

Receding gums or gum recession happens when tissue surrounding a tooth wears away or pulls back. As a result, more of the tooth or tooth’s root becomes exposed. Pockets or gaps develop between the tooth and the gum line. Consequently, tooth sensitivity can develop. Patients generally experience the sensitivity as pain or discomfort when drinking or eating cold or hot foods or liquids.

What are some aspects of receding gums?

Some ways you can tell if you have receding gums include the following:

  • Longer looking teeth. As gums recede, your teeth start appearing longer than normal. Due to the fact that more tooth is being exposed, it gives your teeth a lengthened appearance.
  • Tooth sensitivity. When the roots become exposed, teeth feel very sensitive.
  • Loose teeth. Gum pockets deepen as the gums pull away, which creates loose teeth.

The most common cause of receding gums is periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

When bacteria attack the gum tissue and bone that surrounds your teeth, it can create an infection known as periodontal disease. In its early stages, gum disease may not cause much pain in some people. However, if left untreated, it can worsen.

Symptoms that appear in the early stages include:

  • Red or purple swollen gums
  • Tenderness in the gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Constant bad breath

LANAP treatment

Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) can help you avoid gum surgery and bone removal. By using a laser, your dentist can remove gum infection. The laser also helps to stimulate gum tissue regrowth. The new gum will reattach to the tooth, getting rid of the pockets and gum recession.

Staying on top of your dental care?

We lead busy lives but ensuring regular checkups can help prevent problems like receding gums. Give us a call at Hutto Hippo Family Dental and make regular checkups part of your routine. We are glad to answer your questions. Our number is (512) 806-7740.