When the gingiva become thin to the point of exposing the root of the tooth, it is called a gum recession. At an advanced stage, it is the attached gum that recedes. When this area shrinks, the tooth becomes no longer protected by the gum and may eventually lose bone; become more sensitive to cold and develop root decay. Very often the causes are periodontal diseases, inadequate brushing, and higher occlusal pressure due to grinding and clenching.
The severity of the condition may vary. Different types of gum grafts can stop the recession of the gums and restore their health.
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