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Hole in gums in front tooth

09/05/2006

Question:

The front of the gums on my lower left incisor seems to be coming loose. I now have a hole in that spot that is painful to the touch, and, when I look at it, I can see the top of the root. I brush my teeth daily, usually twice, use mouthwash, and floss regularly. What is causing this, and how can I get it fixed?

Answer:

See a periodontist (gum specialist).  Sometimes local factors such as trauma from brush, food, etc. may cause gums to recess,  especially if you have a thin type of gum structure to start with. 

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Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University