Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Dr. Keith Chertok celebrates Self-Improvement Month by educating his patients on exciting new options to treat receding gums. Often, receding gums are a sign of gum disease that is causing damage to the patient's teeth, jaw bone, and gums. Gum recession can also result from poor brushing technique, using the wrong kind of toothbrush, or as a result of chronic tooth grinding. With the Pinhole Surgical Techniqueâ¢, though, Dr. Chertok helps his patients restore their gums to a healthy condition.
Using small holes in the gum tissue to access the gums with special tools, the doctor uses the healthy tissue to cover the areas of recession. Unlike traditional gum surgery that involved cutting and grafting tissue from other areas of the mouth, the Pinholeâ¢ technique is minimally invasive, with no cutting of the gum tissue. Most patients find the procedure to be very smooth, with only slight discomfort and rapid recovery time.
Dr. Chertok helps his patients to understand the urgent need to treat receding gums before further damage results in the mouth. Untreated gum disease allows pockets of infection to inhabit the gum tissue around the teeth, leading to further gum recession and potentially damaging the bone and the roots of the teeth. With the Pinhole Surgical Techniqueâ¢, Dr. Chertok uses a pinhole sized opening in the gums to access the healthy tissue, which he gently stretches to cover areas of recession.
The benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Techniqueâ¢ include rapid recovery time, with most patients back to life activities within a day, and decreased need for strong sedatives and pain medications that were typical of invasive gum surgery. Since the Pinhole Surgical Techniqueâ¢ involves no cutting or suturing, patients feel only minor discomfort but can enjoy immediate benefits with an improved gum line after the procedure. Since multiple teeth can be treated in a single visit, patients are able to see the benefits of the newly restored healthy gum line very quickly.
To learn more about the exciting new method Dr. Chertok uses to treat receding gums and for more information about the effects of gum disease and treatment options available during Self-Improvement Month, visit his website at http://www.berkeleyperiodontist.com and call 510-423-0748.
About the Doctor
Keith Chertok, DDS is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for Berkeley, CA gum disease patients. Dr. Chertok graduated in the top five percent of his class from the New York University College of Dentistry and was elected to the honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He received the Quintessence Award for excellence in Periodontics and went on to complete a Hospital Residency program at the New York VA hospital. Dr. Chertok arrived in California to study Periodontics and Implantology at UCSF. He taught at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF dental school and continues to teach education courses to dentists and dental hygienists. Dr. Chertok is the attending periodontist in charge of periodontal education for the dental residents at the Veterans Hospital Healthcare System of Northern California at Mare Island. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Keith Chertok and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.berkeleyperiodontist.com and call 510-423-0748.