Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth's root. When gum recession occurs, ""pockets,"" or gaps, form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, and may ultimately result in tooth loss.
HOW IS RECEDING GUMS DIAGNOSED?
Receding gums and other forms of periodontal disease are diagnosed by a dentist. A physical examination can indicate such issues. A probe may also be used to measure gum pockets. A probe is a process that uses a small, painless ruler.
HOW IS RECEDING GUMS TREATED?
Medications may be used to treat the underlying problem that is causing gum recession. Options include:
• topical antibiotic gel
• antiseptic chips
• antimicrobial mouthwash
• enzyme suppressants
Surgery may be used in the worst cases of receding gums. There are generally two options: flap surgery and grafting.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to research, receding gums are the reason for about 70% of adult tooth loose.