The Dangers of Ignoring Receding Gums in Austin, TX

Why Seek Treatment for Receding Gums in Austin, TX?

Gum recession should never be ignored. While it detracts from the beauty of your smile, it is not merely an aesthetic issue. Receding gums are often the result of periodontal disease or changes in your health. At the first sign of receding gums in Austin, TX, schedule an appointment with Dr. Corinne Scalzitti for treatment to avoid the following consequences of recession:

• Increased sensitivity and tooth pain
• Loose teeth when recession is caused by gum disease
• Inflamed, red gum tissue
• Longer looking teeth due to exposure of root surface
• Greater risk of infection or decay

Receding gums give a lengthened appearance to the teeth, which is usually associated with aging. This increased exposure of your tooth structure can cause tooth pain and in addition, leaves your teeth more vulnerable to disease and decay.

Gum recession may be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an oral infection that when left untreated, can lead to swollen and bleeding gums, receding gums, tooth pain and sensitivity, loose teeth, and bone loss.

Available Treatments for Gum Recession

Prevention of gum recession with proper oral care and regular checkups is always the best course of action but if gum recession has already occurred, there are two successful correction procedures performed by Dr. Scalzitti:

Gum grafts: With a gum graft, donor tissue, usually taken from the palate, is relocated to cover the area of exposed tooth roots and sutured into position. Over time, the donor sample integrates with the existing tissue to restore gum levels.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™): PST™ returns your gum lines to previous healthy levels without the need for scalpels or sutures. Dr. Scalzitti utilizes the gum tissue at the treatment site to cover exposed teeth. Due to the minimally invasive nature of PST™, patients report minimal tooth pain and gum discomfort, minimized bleeding and swelling, and shorter recovery times.

Tooth pain or sensitivity is often a sign that gum recession has occurred. For your personalized consultation in Austin, TX, contact Dr. Scalzitti today.
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