Receding Gums

When your gums move down from the tooth surface, exposing the surface of the tooth root, it is called receding gums. It is a type of periodontal disease, which results from untreated infection and inflammation of the gums. Some of the other conditions that can result in receding gums are tartar formation, smoking, diabetes, HIV, hormonal changes in women, and improper brushing techniques.

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Am I having temporary pain or just sensitivity in my upper front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My front upper right tooth spontaneously became extremely sensitive to heat yesterday while drinking hot liquid in the middle of the day. Shortly after, it became painful, primarily when touched or biting. I can also feel some throbbing from the root or gum. Today it is still painful. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The sensitivity could be due to tooth abrasion. But pain indicates a pulpal or a periodontal pathology (pain due to decay tooth or problem with the gums involving the tooth). An X-ray could probably be of good help in such a situation. Maybe, you had a hit to the tooth ...  Read Full »

What could be the cause for my receding gums for a single tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, This afternoon I noticed some pretty severe gum recession on my left lower cuspid (approximately 5 mm). As far as I can tell, it is the only tooth with any signs of gum recession, and I think it might be due to crowding (my lateral incisor and first bicuspid are slightly behind and might ...  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is okay. You do not need to rush to the dentist. The clinical scenario of teeth that you told indicates that most probably this gum recession is caused by yourself. You brush like giving a slight high power stroke on right and left bicuspids and then with normal forc...  Read Full »

Is it a good idea to have filling material applied to receding gumline?

Query: Hello doctor, Is having a filling material applied to the gumline where it is receding a good solution? What are the risks with such a procedure? I have receding gums on three upper teeth and three lower teeth on the left. I have no pain or problems. I have all my teeth and they are generally health...  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your medical history and the present complaint as well. First of all, I would like you to know that receding gums is such a normal thing to happen especially at your age. You have also mentioned that there is no pain or decay in those teeth you poin...  Read Full »

My gums have started receding. What natural remedies can I use for gum regrowth?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 24 years old. My gums have started receding. Are there any natural remedies available? Is it a serious issue? Is regrowth of gums possible? Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Amir Shafi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Gum regrowth is possible. You need to go for gum surgeries or flap surgeries. The attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) indicate the formation of calculus near your gums. I suggest you go for oral prophylaxis (scaling and root planin...  Read Full »

Have my gums receded because of placing smokeless tobacco in the same spot for years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. I have used smokeless tobacco called Swedish Snus for going on four years now, always in the same spot. My gums have severely receded in this area. I am otherwise healthy. I recently made an appointment with a periodontist, but I am terrified I may have gum can...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the images posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have to change your brushing technique as soon as possible. Brush in an up-and-down motion without putting too much pressure on the teeth and gums. The recession is not any canc...  Read Full »

I feel like all my teeth are loose and going to fall out. Can this issue be reversed?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to have bruxism (now I do not because I wear a mouth guard), and now my gums are receding. It feels loose and worn out, and I cannot even eat soft foods without them feeling wobbly. I cannot even speak properly because I feel like my teeth are going to fall out. Are all my teeth g...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query. You are using Corsodyl mouthwash. That contains Chlorhexidine gluconate and is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat various aphthous ulcers or other oral infections. But, if you had listened to the previous dentist, he woul...  Read Full »

My gums are receding, bleeding, and turning brown in color. How do I treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,My gums are bleeding and turning a brown color above my teeth. Gums are always receding. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Gum bleeding and blood in morning spit indicate a gum condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused due to constant irritation by tartar or calculus (hardened yellow deposits on the tooth). Food deposits...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to get rid of bad breath even though I brush every day?

Query: Hi doctor, I have plaque deposits on my teeth and gums. My gums bleed often, and they are receding. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed your image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is calculus deposits over your gums. It occurs when the plaque is not removed properly with brushing, and it starts becoming hard due to calcium deposits over it. It accumulates more and ...  Read Full »

I am worried that the tips and edges of most of my teeth are translucent, and some of my bottom gums are slightly receded. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am worried about my teeth for some reason. I have attached a few pictures of my teeth. I noticed the tips and edges of most of my top and bottom teeth are translucent, and some of my bottom gums look slightly receded. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the pictures attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Translucency at the edges of front teeth is a normal feature, showing only enamel without dentin sandwiched between it. Though it may look translucent, it does not mean it is weak. I...  Read Full »

Would braces close wide gap between front teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a wide gap between front teeth due to short upper and lower frenulums, which were removed nine years back. I was also treated for periodontal disease as a result of these gaps. Now I have recessions (pockets), the exposed root of that front tooth that is deviated. Do I need surger...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to get root canal treatment for the upper and lower central teeth and then place a fixed partial denture (FPD ceramic crowns) on them to close the space. This will give a permanent solution to your problem. It will provide you with a much better esthetic soluti...  Read Full »

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