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Gingival recession is a deficiency in the periodontal tissues because the gingival margin migrates towards the apex, with consequent loss of adherence and exposure of the root.
In other words, gingival recession represents the portion of root exposed as a consequence of a traumatic or inflammatory event that affected the periodontal tissues. It can be measured with a millimetrically precise instrument (periodontal probe), measuring the distance between the amelo-cemental junction and the gingival margin.
Often patients become aware of gingival recession and refer that their “gums have receded” or that their “teeth have gotten longer.”
This ailment compromises the periodontal health of the tooth itself and hinders the appearance of the mouth. Furthermore, since the margin of the gingival tissue surrounding the tooth becomes worn and recedes, its root becomes more exposed and subjected to attacks by pathogens.
If the recession isn’t treated in time, the tissues sustaining the teeth (periodontium) can undergo serious damage with consequent loss of the dental elements.
Many people don’t notice the gingival recession because it happens gradually. The first sign is increased sensitivity: you may then notice the root is exposed or you might feel a groove near the gingival line.
The causes or gingival recession are many:
When you see gingival recession you should make an appointment with your dentist, who will recommend an adequate therapeutic treatment plan.
We strongly discourage you from ignoring the problem.
Professional hygiene than includes an accurate removal of the tartar, the decontamination of gingival pockets and the cleaning of exposed roots makes it difficult for bacteria to resettle. This is of the utmost importance for the maintenance of your oral health.
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