Waterford, CT Residents Now Have Access to Gum Graft Alternative through River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

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Dr. James McAraw and Dr. Craig Foisie now offer a unique gum graft alternative to new patients suffering from gum recession in Waterford, CT. At River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, they perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to eliminate the trauma of grafting surgery.

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Dr. James McAraw and Dr. Craig Foisie announce the availability of the state-of-the-art Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for new patients with gum recession in Waterford, CT. This gum graft alternative is the most advanced procedure currently available, and the team at River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry recommend it over traditional techniques. Gums are restored to their natural position, protecting tooth roots without the use of a scalpel and sutures.

One of the primary risk factors for gum recession in Waterford, CT is aging. Merely being over 40 years old increases the likelihood that an individual will suffer from some level of tooth root exposure and sensitivity. Another aspect of receding gums is the aesthetic change in which the smile undergoes. Roots are not protected by enamel and may become discolored more easily than the crowns of the teeth. Not only does recession cause pain and self-consciousness, it also increases the chances of developing gum disease. Gaps between the gum line and the roots of teeth accumulate bacteria and are not easily cleaned, which leads to infection and more serious problems.

Many dental professionals in Waterford, CT, recommend an invasive gum recession treatment known as connective tissue grafting, to correct the gum line and prevent critical oral health issues. The tissue is taken from an incision in the roof of the mouth and stitched to the gums around the area that is exposed. If there is enough gum tissue nearby, a pedicle graft may be listed as an option. A flap is cut from the gums, which is then stretched over the affected root and held in place with sutures. An extended recovery time of several weeks is necessary.

Unlike traditional methods, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Techniqueis a gum graft alternative involving the use of specialized and minimally invasive tools. Drs. McAraw and Foisie make a tiny hole in the gums and loosen the tissue, to guide it back into place over the exposed root. Next, they insert a strip of collagen, which holds the gums in place while they heal and generate new tissue. Anyone seeking a gum graft alternative may be a candidate for this procedure. Information about scheduling a consultation with Drs. McAraw and Foisie at River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is available on the website, http://www.rivervalleyperio.com.

About the Doctors

Dr. James R. McAraw received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College in 1966. Afterwards, he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and continued his training in the United States Air Force for 2 more years. He went to Boston University, where he completed his specialty training in periodontics. Dr. Jim McAraw founded the practice in 1974, and has been chosen as one of Connecticut’s Top Dentists six years in a row. Dr. I.L. Cantner, II joined the practice in 1978. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lafayette College in 1968 and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. He became a friend and colleague of Dr. McAraw while in his specialty residency in Boston University. He received his specialty certificate and a Masters in Dental Science from Boston University in 1974. Dr. Craig Foisie is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Board of Periodontology. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University in 1998 before graduating from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine in 2003. He joined the practice after a ten-year career in the US Navy, during which he received a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the Naval Dental Center Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Foisie also obtained a certificate in periodontology and a Master of Science in Oral Biology from George Washington University and was trained extensively in all aspects of periodontal and implant surgical therapy. To learn more about the dental services available, please contact the doctors’ office at (860) 388-4439 for the Old Saybrook office, (860) 444-0601 for the Waterford office or (203) 245-4429 for the Madison office. You can also visit their website at http://www.rivervalleyperio.com.

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