Consequences of Untreated Gum Recession in Phoenix, AZ
Just like with gum disease, a receding gum line may not seem like an urgent condition at first. However, the consequences of untreated gum recession can actually be quite severe. This is why it is important for patients with gum recession in Phoenix, AZ to contact Dr. Alison P Schwartz as soon as possible to avoid complications such as:
- Unattractive smile
- Increased tooth decay
- Increased sensitivity
- Loss of tooth structure
- Tooth loss
A receding gum line resulting from conditions such as gum disease leaves a larger area of the teeth exposed which can be unattractive to some patients. Many people find that their teeth look “longer” than normal and wish to have it corrected. Additionally, stains and discoloration can become more apparent when a larger area of the root is exposed, leaving some patients feeling self-conscious about their appearance.
Increased Tooth Decay
Without the gum tissue to protect the teeth from plaque and bacteria, the frequency and severity of root surface cavities are likely to increase. In addition to health concerns, many patients find cavities and fillings to be unsightly.
When the tooth root becomes exposed as a result of gum recession, that tooth is likely to become much more sensitive to extreme temperatures. This often prevents patients from enjoying their favorite foods and beverages.
Loss of Tooth Structure
The root surfaces are softer than the enamel portions of the teeth, thereby increasing their risk of damage quite considerably. When aggressive brushing or even bruxism occurs, these areas often sustain damage as a result. Restorative procedures may be necessary to provide protection to exposed root surfaces that have experienced loss of structure.
Gum recession is most often a result of gum disease, both of which can be problematic when not addressed early on. To learn more about the dangers of untreated gum disease or gum recession in Phoenix, AZ, contact Dr. Schwartz and schedule your consultation today!