Although gum recession often does not affect daily life during the early stages, symptoms such as sensitive teeth can quickly develop if treatment is not provided. This is why Dr. Amar Katranji and Dr. Kelly Misch encourage patients to seek gum recession treatment in Ann Arbor, MI to prevent both cosmetic and functional problems.
Cosmetic problems are often the first noticeable symptoms of gum recession. These issues tend to make patients feel self-conscious about their appearance and prompt them to seek treatment. Such issues include:
• Long teeth – Receding gum lines leave larger areas of the teeth exposed which make them appear “longer” than normal. Gum recession treatment can help restore the gum line to a more natural level and improve this appearance.
• Discoloration – When the roots become exposed due to recession, issues like staining and discoloration become more pronounced. The roots are naturally darker in color than the enamel and tend to collect stain more readily due to rough surfaces. Gum recession treatment can help to improve this issue.
Gum recession also causes several functional or health related problems as well. These issues can often have serious effects on oral health.
• Sensitive teeth – Once the tooth roots become exposed, sensitive teeth becomes an issue. An exposed tooth root is very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures and may prevent you from eating certain foods.
• Root decay – The gum tissue functions as a protective layer between the teeth and bacteria. When the gum line recedes, this layer of protection is hindered and the softer roots become subject to decay.
• Root surface damage – The roots are softer than the enamel portions of the teeth and are therefore more susceptible to damage. Over aggressive brushing or clenching and grinding habits can cause loss of structure in these areas.
Treating gum recession as soon as possible is critical to the health of your teeth. To learn more about the importance of gum recession treatment in Ann Arbor, MI, contact Dr. Katranji and Dr. Misch today!