Gum recession happens when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back or wears away, exposing more of your teeth and their roots. When this occurs, gaps or pockets form between your teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-prone bacteria and plaque to build up. If left untreated, severe damage of the supporting tissue and bony structures of your teeth can result.

Receding gums in Berkely, CA are often an indication that gum disease is active. Gum disease destroys gum tissue and the supporting bone, and is also the number one cause of adult tooth loss. In the early stages, the gums are easily inflamed and frequently bleed, but the teeth remain securely set in their sockets. At this point, no evidence exists of irreversible bone or other tissue damage. However, if left untreated, it can lead to advanced periodontal disease.