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Wilckodontics®

Years of research has culminated in the development of a new procedure by which teeth can be moved approximately four times faster than ever before possible with conventional orthodontics.

As a result, the treatment time for most orthodontic cases can be reduced from several years to several months. This procedure is possible for most patients, regardless of age, as long as their permanent teeth are present. Wilckodontics® is a combination of time-tested and proven techniques from the fields of orthodontics and periodontics. It is clinically known as the Accelerated Osteogenic OrthodonticsTM (AOOTM) procedure, or Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics, “PAOO.” With the Wilckodontic procedure, most orthodontic cases in both adolescents and adults can be completed in 3 to 8 months. This is accomplished by combining efficient orthodontic mechanics and time-tested alveolar decortication and augmentation techniques. The end results are straight teeth, structurally sound supporting structures, and grateful patients. By stimulating and harnessing the innate potentials of living bone, the teeth can be made to move through the bone very rapidly and when the tooth movement is completed the bone around the roots of the teeth will rebuild itself.

Our periodontists are clinically trained and certified in this modern procedure. They will work closely with your doctor to ensure you receive the best possible results.

Pinhole© Surgical Technique

The Pinhole© Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession.

Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST™ is scalpel and suture free.

Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or using patient’s own tissue in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can often times be achieved through the Pinhole© Surgical Technique.

How is Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) performed?

During the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.

There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.

What are the benefits of Pinhole© Surgical Technique?

  • Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
  • Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
  • No need for sutures
  • No need for scalpels
  • No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
  • Excellent, natural looking results

LANAP©

LANAP© is a laser technique for the treatment of periodontal disease using the Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. PerioLase© Laser.

Fear of periodontal treatment vanishes when patients find out no scalpel or sutures will be used. Patient friendly laser treatment gets patients to agree to the treatment they need and continue with the follow-up care that is prescribed.

Our office was one of the first in the area to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy™ for the treatment of gingivitis and/or periodontitis. Following are commonly asked questions about this technology.

How does it work?

Tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments.

Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.

Does it hurt?

Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we anesthetize the area for the patient’s comfort. In this way, we can precisely direct the laser for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration.

How long does it take?

Initial treatment is focused on scaling and the use of small instruments to remove the tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes a few minutes. Depending on the severity of the patient’s periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits. The estimated treatment time is reviewed with patients when we discuss their treatment plan.

Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?

Typically, the laser treatment is generally no more expensive than traditional surgery and often times, less expensive since no additional barrier membranes, bone graft materials or growth factors are required. There are other factors which may affect the cost, such as the severity of the periodontal disease, and how many teeth are involved.

The dramatically increased comfort for our patients made the new system attractive to our office. We do encourage patients to take care of the need now to reduce further damage to their gums, teeth and bone.

For more information, including newscasts, press releases and research, please visit the website of Millennium Dental Technologies.

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