I am presently in braces and they have been on for about 1 year. My gum is receeding under one tooth. Where the gum meets the tooth there is a white patch that is very painful. It bleeds very little if at all when brushed. I have talked with my dentist who said I might need a skin graph. I am concerned, however, about the white area and how painful it is. It has been present for about 8 weeks now. It does not look like an ulser but a white area along the gumline where the gum is receeding. I am sort of scared it might be cancer. Can you help me understand why this white, painful area is present on a receeding gum?
I doubt very much that the white area is malignant. That being said I think it should be looked at by your dentist or an oral surgeon to give you peace of mind. It is possible that you don't have the correct type of gum tissue in tne area of the recession and that is why you are experiencing the discomfort.That type of tissue breaks down faster because it does not have a cornified layer on it.(callous type tissue like you have on your finger tips).It will become inflamed from eating and brushing too hard. That is why you may need a gingival(gum) graft.
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