Sensitive Teeth: Could gum recession be the cause? - Dr. Colin Richman

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Sensitive Teeth: Could gum recession be the cause?

May 14, 2014

Your gum tissue plays an important role in your oral health. Not only do your gums form a beautiful frame for your smile, they also help to support the teeth and protect their root structures, which would be exposed to the elements if it were not for the gums.

Understandably, then, gum recession—a condition in which the gum tissue and its supporting ligaments and fibers are damaged and the gumline begins to wear away—can lead to tooth sensitivity and bone loss. The roots are far more sensitive than the crowns of the teeth, which is why the roots need the protection of gum tissue.

Gum recession can occur for any number of reasons. Periodontal disease is often the culprit behind the condition, but other factors can be at fault, too. Incorrect tooth brushing technique, bruxism (tooth grinding) or even oral piercings can lead to gum recession. Some patients may have genetic influences that make them more susceptible to this condition, too.

If gum recession is causing your tooth sensitivity, periodontal treatment can correct the problem.

Your first step toward relief from your symptoms is an evaluation by a periodontist. The periodontist will visually inspect your gums and may also take x-rays to examine the underlying bone tissue.

Based on the degree of recession, the periodontist may recommend a surgical intervention, or a non-invasive one. Patients who want to avoid periodontal surgery should seek treatment at the first signs of a problem. Early stage periodontal disease often can be addressed with a deep cleaning technique that eliminates bacteria that has gathered along the gumline and in pockets of the tissue.

Furthermore, when a periodontist addresses the issue of gum recession early, the patient will reduce his or her chances of experiencing tooth loss.

Consult with our skilled periodontal team for evaluation and treatment if you have noticed increased tooth sensitivity along with signs of gum recession. Effective treatment can help you to get back to enjoying your favorite foods and restore your smile’s appearance.

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