Do you want a perfect smile? Does dental treatment make you nervous? Do you wish you could get your treatment done fast but efficiently? Well, Dr. Timko has options for you!
The Lunch Time Gum Lift
Gum recession affects over 50% of the adult population and can lead to serious oral health problems. Now, Alan M. Timko DMD is the only Board Certified Periodontist, in Western Pennsylvania, that is able to treat receding gums with a patented minimally invasive procedure, The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ aka “The Lunch Time Lift”!
This gum graft alternative provides patients with a scalpel and suture free experience and has minimal post-operative effects i.e. discomfort, swelling, and bleeding.
According to the Journal of American Dental Association 2003, 88% of people older than 65 have gum recession and 50% of people ages 18-64 have gum recession. Gums may start to recede for any number of reasons. Common causes of gum recession are active periodontal disease, or brushing too hard. When the gum tissue has receded either from hard brushing, grinding, or from periodontal disease, the root surface is exposed. This can cause an unappealing appearance as well as sensitivity to the temperature of foods and liquids. If the receding gums are left untreated, the situation can lead to further bone loss and possibly tooth loss, as well an unattractive smile.
The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ is a much less invasive technique, which replaces large incisions with access to the surgical site requiring a pin-sized hole. Special instruments are used to delicately loosen the gum and reposition them to their natural location, covering up the recession. After the gums are relocated, small collagen strips are placed, which stabilizes the new position of the gums, thickens the gums, and replaces the need for stitches.
Minimal access is needed to perform The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, so patients experience minimal post-operative effects and only an over the counter medication is needed for minimal discomfort. Also, this “lunch-time lift” technique will allow Dr. Timko to treat multiple teeth in one visit and patients will leave the office with a healthier mouth and smile while having little discomfort and inconvenience.
Laser Gum Surgery
Dr. Timko is the first board certified periodontist in Pittsburgh to be certified in LANAP. This approach is ideal for patients who have a fear associated with conventional surgery, because LANAP involves no incisions with a scalpel, no sutures, and less post-operative discomfort. Less time in the dental chair, less gum recession, and faster post-operative recovery are other benefits of LANAP.
There is still no cure for periodontal disease, however this method has proven to be an effective treatment of periodontitis or gum disease. For our patients who are hesitant to get treatment through the LANAP laser, conventional flap surgery is always offered as an option, and in some cases it will still be the best option.
If these patient-friendly treatment sounds like the right option for you, if it has been a while since your last periodontal cleaning, or if you want to discuss other treatment options, please visit http://www.drtimko.com , email [email protected] or call our office at (412) 364-6777. We appreciate you entrusting us with your dental health and thank you for your support of our practice!