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What happens to teeth with gum recession?

November 16, 2016

Initially patients do not experience any symptoms since the affected roots are protected by cementum. Cementum, however, wears out quickly, exposing the layer underneath, the dentine. Once dentine is exposed, teeth become temperature sensitive. Tooth sensitivity is the principal reason most patients seek treatment for gum recession. If left untreated, exposed roots can develop decay, which further undermines the tooth. Last, but by no means least, gum recession can create an unaesthetic appearance for most individuals, especially when affected teeth show when they smile.