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Repair and Prevent Gum Recession with Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

June 12th, 2017

When you think about visiting the dentist for regular checkups, you’re probably most concerned about getting your teeth cleaned, fluoride treatments and making sure you don’t have cavities. While all this concern for your teeth is warranted, you’ll find that taking care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth. If you’ve noticed your gums receding, or have developed sensitive teeth, there’s a breakthrough gum recession treatment called Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation that can treat these issues seamlessly.

What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation?

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Back in the day, painful gum grafting surgery used to be the only treatment for receding gums. With Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, patients can experience a non-invasive procedure that can repair your receding gums and keep them from receding again without a scalpel or sutures. Dr. John Chao, D.D.S., developed the procedure and he has since trained hundreds of doctors throughout the world to perform the technique, including Dr. Bradford Kassman, of Delaware Periodontics in Wilmington, DE.

The procedure works by making small pinholes with a needle into your gum tissue. Then, using a specially-designed utensil, Dr. Klassman loosens the gums from your teeth and massages them down back over the tooth where they belong. To sustain the new gum placement, he inserts collagen strips between the teeth to stabilize the gums and keep the gums from returning to their original position. Most patients have minimal or no side effects from the procedure and recovery time is usually less than a day.

Advantages of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation has become the most popular gum recession treatment, being featured in hundreds of news stories around the world. Before this procedure, the only treatment for gum recession was to graft new gums from the roof of your mouth - a slow process that was painful and took up to three weeks of recovery. It’s easy to see why Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation has become the top choice for treating gum recession, as its other advantages include:

  • No skin grafting surgery
  • No scalpel or sutures needed
  • Treatment of 10-14 teeth in just one visit
  • It only takes 20 minutes to fix up to 3 teeth; only one to two hours total
  • Recovery is usually only a day
  • Risk of treatment is no higher than the traditional method
  • Costs for Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation are about the same as the traditional method

Many patients know they have receding gums and may have even been referred to a periodontist, but were scared off by the thought of grafting skin from the roof of their mouth to restore their gums. With Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, patients can get the minimally invasive treatment option they want with results that can last a lifetime!

Call Your Wilmington Periodontist Today For More Information!

To find out if you’re a candidate Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation call our office at (302) 658-7871 or schedule an appointment online. Dr. Klassman will be happy to answer all of your questions about the procedure, gum recession or anything else. Don’t wait until more problems occur because of your receding gums! We look forward to seeing you soon!

3 Key Benefits of Periodontal Therapy

May 23rd, 2017

Periodontal therapy is a great way to restore both the appearance and function of problematic teeth and gums. The deep dental cleaning can often help decrease pain and discomfort while ultimately correcting and preventing future dental issues that can worsen over the time. At Delaware Periodontics, we specialize in a variety of periodontal services, like Periodontal Therapy, and Dr. Klassman will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.

To help patients in the greater Wilmington and Dover, DE area determine if this treatment is right for them, we have pulled together the 3 key benefits of periodontal therapy. Find out what they are below!

1. Deep Cleaning

Periodontal surgery provides an intensive clean that helps break down bacteria and restore healthy teeth and gums. Pockets of bacteria can cling to teeth in hard to reach places, but this deep clean breaks down the bacteria and helps prevent further damage. However, it’s up to you to prevent bacteria buildup from being a culprit again, by practicing strong oral hygiene at home.

2. Prevents Disease

Periodontal therapy can prevent further gum and tooth disease from occurring, and is a great treatment to consider prior to getting dental implants. Once your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned and the bacterial infection has subsided, additional treatments can begin to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

3. Restores Function

Often, periodontal therapy helps restore functionality to problematic areas of the mouth by strengthening teeth and gums. Overall restored oral health diminishes severe and uncomfortable pain that can keep your mouth from functioning properly. Once the bacteria has been successfully removed, you’ll no longer experience swollen or painful gums.

If you’ve been unable to enjoy your favorite foods due to mouth and jaw pain, you’ll be able to after treatment.

Contact Your Local Periodontist Today

Still not sure if periodontal therapy is right for you? Delaware Periodontics’ knowledgeable staff led by Dr. Klassman are happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re proud to serve Wilmington, Dover and the surrounding New Castle community. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at our Wilmington, DE office, we can be reached during normal business hours at (302) 658-7871.

How Old Is 'Too Old' For Dental Implants?

May 16th, 2017

Are you or a loved one considering dental implants but are concerned they might not be worth it? At Delaware Periodontics, we can confidently encourage you to ignore the myth that there’s a “right time” to get a new smile. The truth is that there’s no better time than now to get beautiful teeth, and dental implants work great for patients of all ages: whether you’re a young adult or senior!

If you’re still on the fence about dental implants, we’ve put together some key reasons why they could be one of the best investments of your life.

Modern Implants vs. Conventional Dentures

It’s common for many seniors to not consider dental implants as a form of treatment, which can ultimately be a detrimental choice. This is partly due to the misconception that those suffering from osteoporosis aren’t eligible for treatment. Fortunately, exactly the opposite is true. Elderly patients actually benefit from dental implants as the ability to eat more easily makes it possible to obtain proper nutrition.

Senior patients may have a traditional dentures that may give them difficulty chewing, lose their sense of taste, and less confidence in their smile. Our All-On-Four Dental Implants are a permanent, long-lasting solution that can vastly improve the quality of your life. Once they’re placed, you’ll never have to worry about your smile again. Just maintain great oral hygiene after the procedure, and your smile will be as good as new.

Dental Implant Benefits

There are an overwhelming number of pros supporting dental implants including:

  • Overall improved quality of life
  • Makes having a social life easier
  • Possible to maintain a more active lifestyle
  • Food is easily consumed helping patients obtain the right nutrition
  • No extensions and denture flanges
  • No dislodging due to movement
  • Effectively support underlying teeth
  • No risk of bone loss by protecting the jaw

Don't Worry, It's a Speedy Recovery

Although every patient is different, when receiving dental implants from a competent dental surgeon, the recovery time is actually typically less than it is for a tooth extraction. Patients can expect minor discomfort for 3-5 days, during which time the dentist can prescribe medication for any pain. If there are rare complications with the implant, the doctor can restore the tooth with a fixed denture until healed.

Request a Consultation Today!

We hope that you or an elderly loved one are considering foregoing out-of-date dentures and instead trying dental implants as a safer, smarter treatment option for patients of any age. Please visit our Wilmington, DE offices for a consultation. Request an appointment today!

Saving Teeth vs. Dental Implants

April 19th, 2017

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Even though many people take their teeth for granted, they do a ton of hard work for our bodies. They tear, bite and chew food while withstanding constant acid and harmful plaque attacks. Because teeth are critical for everyday functions, it’s important to keep your teeth healthy so they last a lifetime. However, it’s not always an easy thing to do as there are many factors that can compromise the health of our teeth like decay, trauma or loss of supporting bone resulting from periodontal disease.

If you’re struggling with unhealthy teeth, you may be wondering if you should invest in dental treatment to save those teeth or have those teeth replaced with dental implants instead. In the past, when dental implants were not available, this decision was easy. With all the dental and periodontal options available today, making the right choice is much more difficult.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is an effective procedure used to retain teeth that are severely decayed, or have structural issues that affect the pulp inside the teeth. This procedure involves removing the diseased or dead pulp tissue inside the tooth via a small opening made in the tooth’s surface. Then, the canals inside the tooth are cleaned and disinfected. To complete the procedure, a crown is placed on top of the tooth to restore its normal appearance and function.
The problem with this dental treatment is that not all teeth saved by root canals last forever. Additional treatment may be necessary for many reasons including:

  • Recurrent decay
  • Root canal reinfection
  • A failed or fractured restoration
  • A tooth root fracture

Instead of retreating an already compromised tooth, it is often recommended to replace that tooth with a dental implant. Factors that should be taken into consideration include the patient’s overall oral and general health and the extent of the work needed to retreat the tooth. If the tooth needs to be “disassembled” in order to retreat and save it, the cost of the required dental work may necessitate considering dental implants instead.

Dental Implants to the Rescue!

Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth or even all the teeth in the upper or lower jaws. They offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Long-lasting
  • Look and function like natural teeth
  • Not subject to tooth decay
  • The only tooth replacement option that maintains the integrity of the jawbone
  • A way to replace teeth that don’t  require adjacent teeth be used for support

For more information about dental implants, feel free to contact our office.

Visit Your Dover Periodontist

If you would like to find out if dental implants are right for you, please contact our office at (302) 658-7871 or schedule an appointment with us today. Dr. Klassman is a periodontist that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease the the placement of dental implants. During your appointment, Dr. Klassman will provide you with a thorough examination followed by a discussion of his findings and your potential treatment options which may include dental implants. We look forward to seeing you soon!