One of the most common side effects of gum disease is the recession of your gum line. Because the disease is eating away at your gums, your teeth will begin to look longer. Eventually, the gums may recede to the point of exposing sensitive roots, which can cause other major problems. During your visits at AZ Dental, Dr. Bui can look for signs of gum recession and provide immediate, necessary treatment. We welcome you to contact us at 408-247-5500 and schedule your appointment if you think that you may need treatment for gum recession in San Jose, California. Our periodontist are here to help care for your smile!

Gingival recession, more commonly known as gum recession, is when you begin to lose gum tissue due to a periodontal infection. Gum recession can cause major problems if it is left untreated, particularly causing damage to your tooth’s roots. Gums often begin to recede gradually, which can make it difficult to catch early on, unless you visit the dentist. With regular dental visits, our doctors can catch the early signs of gum recession and provide treatment before it becomes extensive. You should be sure to visit the dentist if you experience any of the following associated symptoms:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Roots visible along the gum line
  • Teeth that look longer than normal
  • Bad breath/halitosis
  • Gums that are bleeding or inflamed

Gum recession can be caused by several things, and it can lead to other and more severe symptoms of periodontal disease. Some of the most common practices that cause gums to recede include:

  • Brushing aggressively, particularly with a toothbrush that has hard bristles
  • Inconsistent oral hygiene habits
  • Using tobacco, particularly chewing tobacco
  • Having a periodontal infection

If you experience any of these symptoms or practice any of these most common causes, you may need to visit our periodontist to check if your gums are receding. Depending on the cause and severity of your gum recession, our doctors will help you know which treatments are right for you. Please feel free to call or visit us with any questions you may have.