The new treatment for receding gums offers a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting.
Online PR News – 18-November-2013 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee periodontist Dr. Ahmad Eslami is now performing Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, a breakthrough treatment for gum recession. Invented and patented by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao, the treatment requires no cutting, no sutures and little to no downtime. The new procedure, also known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ takes just a few minutes per tooth and multiple teeth may be treated at the same time.
Receding gums can make anyone look older, may cause tooth sensitivity and they can lead to tooth loss. Gum recession is often caused by excessive tooth brushing, the normal aging process or by health problems. People of all ages can be affected and up to now the standard treatment has been gum grafting surgery, which requires a tissue graft to be cut from the roof of the mouth and sewn into place to cover the areas of recession. Usually just one or two teeth can be treated in a session, then the patient will need to take time to heal before other areas are addressed. The process could take months for a patient with several recessions. "It is also not as predictable in covering exposed root surfaces," says Dr. Eslami.
Suzan, 53 , is an interior designer in the Milwaukee area. She watched her gums recede over the past twenty years while experiencing the usual symptom of sensivity to cold temperatures. “I didn’t like the appearance of my receding gums, and I would ask about it during dental cleanings. I was told that the cause was over-brushing, but when I asked my previous dentist about gum grafting, he said that he wouldn’t attempt it, but his partner might. The problem was, they said they could only promise a 50% chance of improvement.”
Eventually Suzan was referred to Dr. Eslami by another dentist. “It was intimidating for me to consider having gum grafting surgery, but by that point I knew I had to do something about my receding gums,” she says.
“I scheduled my gum grafting procedure with Dr. Eslami, but on the day of surgery he pulled me aside and took another look at my gums. He told me about a new minimally invasive technique and that I would be a good candidate. I agreed to try it, and Dr. Eslami treated me with Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ a few weeks ago. I had two teeth done and I saw instant results.”
How Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ is done:
The area of gum recession is numbed with a local anesthetic and depending on the number of recessions to be treated, one or two tiny entry points, about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen are made in the gum area near the tooth or teeth to be treated.
A small dental instrument is inserted into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and guide them back to a normal, healthy position. Then small collagen strips are placed through the entry point and positoned under the gums. The collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process. The entire treatment takes about 20 minutes to an hour or so, depending on the number of teeth treated. The small entry site quickly heals and is virtually undetectable the next day, with no downtime needed for healing. Some patients may experience mild swelling, which dissipates in a few days.
For more information on Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation call Dr. Eslami's office at 414.321.7200 or visit www.teamperio.com
A 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ was published in the October 2012, issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study were as successful as traditional gum grafting procedures which require cutting and sutures, while patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and high satisfaction with a rapid transformation of the defective gum line. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32: 521-531.)
About Ahmad Eslami, DMD, MS
Dr. Eslami is a leading U.S. periodontist and implant surgeon with extensive specialty training in the latest techniques in dental implants, laser periodontal therapy (LANAP™), and augmentation procedures. He served 10 years as the director of Clinical Periodontics and The Periodontal Surgery Clinic at Marquette University, and most recently held the rank of adjunct clinical professor of periodontics.
Dr. Eslami graduated from the University of Michigan, Master of Science degree with advanced specialty training in periodontics.
He received advanced dental implant training at Northwestern University.
Dr. Eslami has extensive advanced training and experience in multiple implant systems, computer-guided implant surgery, bone augmentation, sinus lifts, and Cone Beam 3D imaging.
He is the recipient of many honors and awards in the U.S. and abroad, including the Wisconsin Dental Association’s Pyramid of Pride award for “Mentor of the Year”