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Now, patients of Dr. Alan M. Timko, with receding gums, have access to a groundbreaking gum recession treatment option, The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, also known as The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™. 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.
In order to prevent tooth loss, recession, and sensitivity and correct cosmetic concerns caused by gum recession, periodontal treatment is necessary. Prior to The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, gum recession treatment required extensive cutting and suturing of the gum tissue, in conjunction with post-operative discomfort (often requiring narcotics for pain relief) and a long recovery time.
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.
The benefits to the patient include:
- No scalpel incision
- No sutures
- Narcotics are rarely needed
- Faster post-op recovery
- Less chair time
- No need to discontinue anticoagulation therapy
To assess your periodontal health and learn more about The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ by Alan M. Timko DMD, call (412) 364-6777.