Gum recession is a common dental problem that often goes unnoticed. It can be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease or
other underlying problems. Many patients with gum recession may not notice this condition because the process occurs gradually. Early detection and treatment of
gum recession is important to prevent further damage and tooth loss. Dr. Dan Gholson provides periodontal treatment in Onalaska and greater La Crosse area, WI and can and can address gum recession problems.
When gum recession occurs, the gum tissue shrinks back from the teeth and supporting structures, providing an area for bacteria to thrive. As the gum tissue recedes, more of the tooth and root structure become exposed. Calculus, or tartar, builds up beneath the gum line on the tooth and root of the tooth and can contribute to gum recession if it is not removed in a timely manner.
Gum recession can create spaces or gaps between the teeth and the gum line. These spaces allow for disease-causing bacteria to accumulate. The bacteria can damage the supporting tissue and bone structure. The damage may ultimately result in tooth loss.
Tooth sensitivity can be one of the first signs of gum recession. The appearance of your teeth may also be an indication that your gums are receding. Your teeth may appear longer than normal and there may be a noticeable notch that can be felt near the gum line.
Gum recession can often be caused by periodontal disease. Receding gums can exacerbate an already existing problem and cause further damage. Gum disease is a bacterial infection, but is not always the result of poor dental hygiene. Some people have a genetic predisposition to gum disease or other contributing factors and must work harder to care for their teeth and gums.
Gum recession is not something that you want to ignore. Damage may already be done. Often it can be repaired and further damage can be prevented. Make an appointment with Dr. Gholson, who provides periodontal treatment in Onalaska, WI. Call for your appointment today and begin a treatment plan to prevent further damage caused by periodontal disease.