About Gum Recession - Southern Pines, NC

Sensitive Teeth? It May Be Gum Recession

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Gum recession is characterized by the gums pulling away from the teeth, but happens so gradually that many people do not realize they have the condition until it is in advanced stages. This condition can affect people of all ages, and may be prevalent in as much as 78 percent of adults.* It is most commonly a result of gum disease, but can also be caused by trauma to the gum tissues, improper brushing techniques, teeth grinding, smoking and genetics.


Symptoms of Gum Recession

  •  Sensitive Teeth
  • Teeth That Appear Longer
  • Uneven Gum Line
  • Dark Spaces Between the Teeth
  • Loose Teeth
  • Missing Teeth

Importance of Treatment

The gums are part of the supporting foundation for the teeth, so as they recede the teeth steadily become more unstable. They become loose, and may begin to shift in the mouth or even fall out in more advanced stages of recession. This may result in difficulty eating or speaking, pain or discomfort and a changing smile. Dr. Steven Van Scoyoc is an Executive Council Member of the Southern Academy of Periodontology, and has seen countless cases of gum recession in its different stages. As a Periodontist, he is trained and skilled in diagnosing and treating gum recession to protect the health of your smile.

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