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By Alan M. Timko, DMD
June 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  


Your Pittsburgh, PA periodontist restores infected and receding gum tissue to full health. Possessing advanced training in periodontics, Dr. Alan Timko dedicates his practice to the many people who suffer from periodontal (gum) disease and related oral health issues and treatments. He and his professional staff are pleased to offer patients state-of-the-art periodontal surgeries not widely available through out the United States.

Gum Disease Signs and Effects

Unfortunately, gum disease, depending on its severity, can wreak havoc on oral health and even overall health. Someone with mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis may exhibit symptoms such as:

  • gum redness, swelling, tenderness and bleeding
  • bad breath
  • tooth loosening and loss
  • gum recession
  • jaw bone loss

Concerning systemic health, individuals with periodontal problems often experience what physicians call co-morbidity. In other words, their what is happening in the mouth seems to affect the rest of the body with:

  • osteoporosis
  • arthritis
  • respiratory diseases
  • dementia and Alzheimer's disease
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • hypertension
  • low birth weight babies
  • pregnancy complications

Standard Treatments and Innovations in Pittsburgh

Hand scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line frequently takes care of milder forms of gum disease. Some dentists also instill antimicrobial medications into gum pockets to quell infection and encourage re-attachment of gums to root surfaces.

Skilled, board-certified periodontists, however, such as Dr. Timko, offer new methods of handling periodontitis. One such treatment is LANAP surgery. LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. Its objective is to debride and heal areas of gum infection and recession.

Instead of old-fashioned cutting, grafting and suturing, LANAP uses an FDA-approved YAG laser instrument to remove infected tissue, eliminate plaque and tartar and seal gum tissue back on root surfaces. This procedure is fast, comfortable and involves no scalpels or suturing. Patients recover right away.

Another advancement in periodontics is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. This in-office surgery uses no stitches or scalpels, but instead uses a special, tiny instrument to move healthy gum tissue over areas of recession. There's little bleeding, and natural collagen anchors the transplanted gum tissue in place.

Prognosis for healthier, fuller gums is very good after these periodontic procedures in Pittsburgh and across the country. Dr. Timko always advises periodic exams and cleanings plus good brushing and flossing at home to keep gums strong and healthy.

Your Gums and You

The American Dental Association asserts that gum disease is one of the major causes of tooth loss among adults in the US. Could you be one of them? If you suspect gingivitis or periodontitis, contact Dr. Timko today to arrange a personal consultation. Call the office in Pittsburgh, PA at (412) 364-6777 today!