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Aug
20

Can Gum Recession Cause Tooth Loss?

Posted in Gum Disease

You may have receding gums if you notice your teeth…

  • Are more temperature-sensitive than before
  • Are beginning to look longer and yellower
  • Feel an uncomfortable zing when you brush close to the gum line

Common causes of receding gums include rough tooth brushing, poor tooth alignment, smoking, gum disease, and excess tartar buildup.

Right now, you’re probably wondering what danger gum recession could pose for your teeth.

Why Gum Recession Is Bad News

Without gums to protect tooth roots, your teeth will be at increased risk for developing sensitivity and decay. They lack the protective enamel covering the upper part of teeth have.

Your gums are secured to the underlying bone that supports your teeth. If that bone disappears, then there’s nothing for the gums to grow onto. The gum line can’t grow any higher than the level of the bone.

This means that if your gums have receded far enough to expose the entire tooth root and risk it falling out, then you have a bigger problem with your bone than with your gums.

Bone-loss and accompanying severe gum recession can be caused by:

  • Trauma to jaw
  • A habit of teeth-clenching
  • Gum disease that has infected bone

Stop Gums from Receding

No matter how little gum recession you may have, do your teeth a favor and make it stop!

Ask your dentist whether a small change to your routine or habits can spare your gums any further damage. If your teeth have already lost a lot of gum and bone support, then you may be a candidate for tissue grafting to save your tooth.

Call your local dental office today to schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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