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I have severe gum recession in a single tooth. Why?

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Answered by

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At February 23, 2019
Reviewed AtSeptember 20, 2023

Patient's 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 well be pushing forward) because of that. Is this an urgent issue for a dentist or can I wait, and if so, is there anything I can do to help with the issue?

Answered by Dr. Tooba Qazi


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 force on rest of the teeth. Because of high-pressure stroke, gums in that particular area goes down, causing sensitivity of tooth.

Another cause could be plaque or tartar around that particular tooth causing gums infection that results in receding gums. But still, I think it is your brushing technique that is the main cause of receding gum. Tell me about it. You just have to change your brushing technique, do not do harsh brushing in that area. Take a soft bristle tooth brush. Avoid severe hot or cold food stuff till you visit your dentist. Rest treatment will be done later by the dentist and that could be scaling or filling of abrasion. Stay happy and blessed. Take care.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Tooba Qazi
Dr. Tooba Qazi


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