The Root of my Tooth is Showing.

Characteristics & what to look for

Tooth root exposure is also known as gumline recession. You may notice that the root of the tooth is slightly more yellow then the rest of your tooth or that the tooth with the exposed root appears longer than your other teeth. Pain or sensitivity in the area is also a common characteristic of an exposed root. You may experience discomfort when consuming hot or cold liquids.

Similar and related symptoms

Not all teeth with recession are sensitive and not all tooth sensitivity is related to recession. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by other factors including cavities.

Causes of tooth root exposure:

  • Trauma to the gumline
  • Brushing or flossing too hard
  • Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis or periodontal disease)
  • Tooth grinding
  • Orthodontic procedures
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Dental work

What you can do at home to help ease symptoms

It is common to avoid areas of recession because they can be tender when brushing, but it is important to keep these areas clean and plaque free. Allowing plaque to build up at the site of recession can make the gum tissue more tender and make the recession worse. To help ease the symptoms of gum recession, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and light pressure during brushing.

Treatment and how we can help

Minor gum recession may not require any treatment, but more significant recession could require grafting in order to stop the progression. There are multiple ways to treat root recession. A consultation with a periodontist is necessary to determine what type of treatment is right for you

Long term effects if left untreated

It is important to note that teeth with recessions already have some degree of bone loss. If left untreated, root recession can progress and cause further bone loss, which could result in tooth mobility or tooth loss. Treating gum recession early is the key to an easy procedure and great results.