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

Answered by Dr. Tooba Qazi and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


Do you have a question on Receding Gums or Intensive Brushing Habit? We have medical experts to help you right away. Ask a Doctor Now »

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 it wait, and if so, is there anything I can do to help the issue?

Related Questions:
What is the reason for discoloration of teeth in a 15 months old?
My gums are receding and my jaw bone is exposed. Will I lose my tooth?
My son is screaming when we step into dentist's office. How to fix this?

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.

Ask your health query to a doctor online?
Ask a Doctor Online »
* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Related Questions & Answers

I have receding and weak gums. What can be done?
Query: Hello doctor,I have an issue regarding my gums. For the past few days, I have been feeling that my gums are becoming weak and thin as they are leaving my teeth and going down from my teeth. I want to say that a part of the teeth which is hidden under gum is showing. I am a smoker and I am already tr...  Read Full »
Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query and I can understand your concern. Receding gums can be a problem associated with many factors. It is known as the recession of gums. I would like to know if you have a habit of brushing your teeth hard. Smoking causes stains on teeth ...  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 a 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 gone through 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 definite...  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 healt...  Read Full »
Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

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 »

Ask your health query to a doctor online?
Ask a Doctor Online »
* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Most Viewed

Is it possible to cure my respiratory allergy and throat infection with some medicine?
Hi doctor, I am suffering from nose block, throat pain, fever, occasional running nose, and headache. I am taking Nasaf ...Read more »
Can inhaling enamel paint residual fumes cause health issues?
Hello doctor, I (66 years, 145 lbs) am using a can of enamel paint in my basement. Total of 1 to 2 minutes. Had a mask ...Read more »
Arthritis in Its Many Forms
Arthritis is defined as the inflammation of a joint. There are various types of arthritis and despite their similarities ...Read more »

Also Read Answers From