Central Illinois Patient Satisfaction Increases with Innovative Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure

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Who would have thought that human donor tissue could be used to replace missing gum tissue? Periodontist Dr. Kirk Noraian is performing a new soft tissue grafting solution using human donor tissue to repair the gum lines of Central Illinois residents in a way that reduces pain and discomfort.

Using freeze-dried donor tissue helps eliminate permanent risk of numbness in the palate and reduces pain and inflammation.

Soft tissue grafting is a cosmetic procedure performed to restore missing gum tissue and to cover exposed roots of the teeth. Over exposed roots can be a very painful and discomforting ailment caused by a variety of conditions. While some people are born with thin gum tissue, others experience gum recession from brushing one’s teeth too hard, leaving gum tissue defenseless against bacteria. If left untreated, the tooth enamel will soften, resulting in cavities, infection, and eventual tooth loss.

Using patients’ own tissue from the roof of their mouth was an original method used to restore gum recession. However, Noraian has seen the risks of this method first-hand and how it can cause permanent numbness to the palate and be quite uncomfortable during the healing process in the roof of the mouth.

To better serve his patients and increase their oral health, Noraian has been performing soft tissue grafting using human donor tissue. This newer method involves placing human acellular placenta tissue underneath the gum tissue where the seal is compromised. This tissue is donated by willing birth mothers who deliver via Caesarean section or sterile surgical delivery, and has been used in eye surgery for over 15 years.

This technique offers the benefit of making only one wound where the graft needs to be placed, hence it is more comfortable, and appearance during the healing phase is more like the connective tissue option. Since he began this procedure in 2008, he has seen positive and encouraging effects on his patients.

“Using freeze-dried donor tissue decreases the risk of the body rejecting the tissue as foreign, helping eliminate permanent risk of numbness in the palate, and reducing pain and inflammation,” stated Noraian. “My patients’ health and well-being is my number one priority, and this procedure aims to deliver lasting results for exceptional oral health.”

For over 20 years, Noraian has specialized in gum health and its critical treatments, continually seeking new and innovative gum solutions to provide his patients with the maximum results they deserve while decreasing discomfort or pain. He is also an active member in the dental community, contributing to the growing literature and education in periodontics. While servicing Central Illinois residents, he has seen thousands of gum recession cases that could have been avoided with education and simple preventative action.

“If your teeth appear longer than normal, change in color, or if you experience extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods, it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment with your dentist,” explained Noraian. “To help prevent gum recession, avoid over brushing any area predisposed to recession, use a soft toothbrush and consult with your dentist about using a less abrasive toothpaste.”

Noraian’s passion and commitment to saving smiles can be attributed to his extensive experience and involvement in dentistry. Prior to serving the greater Central Illinois, Noraian was the attending periodontist for the University of Chicago Hospitals and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics at Northwestern University Dental School. He received his master’s degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Northwestern University and is proficiently trained in hospital dentistry. Noraian is also certified to provide and teach Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), an advanced surgical therapy designed to treat periodontitis which regenerates bone and reduces the discomfort associated with traditional treatments.

The periodontal and dental implant practice of Dr. Kirk Noraian provides education, examination, and state-of–the-art treatment for ideal gum health. Dentists and other oral health practitioners seeking additional information should contact his office to schedule a lunch and learn or informal session. Patients throughout Central Illinois can visit the office in Urbana at 2020 Philo Road, or the office in Bloomington at 105 North Williamsburg Drive. For more information about soft tissue grafting or additional services, contact Dr. Noraian’s professional staff in Urbana at (217) 367-6149 or Bloomington at (309) 663-4577.

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