Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky were recently featured on ABC 7 news and spoke about the innovative RejuvaGum Lift procedure, which uses the patient’s own stem cells to regrow gum tissue. See the video below:
Here are some stills from the news segment:
Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky were invited to attend the prestigious Ernie Awards, in honor of legendary actor Ernest Borgnine.
Here are some great photos of the doctors with celebrities!
Dr. Krivitsky was featured on “Mind Your Body TV” speaking on the subject of “Baby Boomer Teeth – Don’t be Numb to Gum Disease.”
Radio Interview for E-Health Radio Network with Dr. Alina Krivitsky by Eric Michaels
“Gum Recession and What Can Be Done About It”
Radio Interview Transcription:
This is the E-Health Radio Network, your source for health advice on demand, and now your host, Eric Michaels.
EM: This is Eric Michaels, and you have tuned in to the E-Health radio network in the dental care channel. Make sure you connect with us on Facebook to receive the latest programming for your convenience at E-Health Radio. Today we are joined by Dr. Alina Krivitsky, a board certified periodontist, practicing in Brentwood, CA and she is also an assistant clinical professor at the USC school of dentistry department of advanced periodontics. She is here to tell us about gum recession and what can be done about it. A privilege to have you as part of E-Health Radio this morning Dr. Krivitsky.
AK: Thank you very much, I’m happy to be here.
EM: The pleasure is ours. So tell us, what is gum recession and what does cause that?
AK: Great, I’ll be happy to do that Eric. So you can have a healthy mouth and practice good oral hygiene, but you can experience a condition called Gingival or Gum Recession. Gum Recession is basically a loss or retraction of the gums which causes the tooth roots to become exposed. There are two types of gums in the mouth: attached gums, which are the thick, pink, tissue that hugs the teeth and are attached firmly to the underlying bone. And the mucosa or unattached gum, the soft, thin moveable tissue that makes up the inside of the lips and cheeks. Now the attached gums are the healthy tissue that actually protect your teeth and bone from plaque and trauma which cause gums to recede. Many people unfortunately don’t even notice that their gums have receded, since it is a gradual process. However, overtime exposed tooth roots can not only make your teeth look longer, but can also make you look older than you are. Exposed tooth roots can also cause a very significant tooth sensitivity especially when eating cold or hot foods. They are definitely more vulnerable to cavities because they are softer and more porous than tooth enamel. If you ignore even minor gum recession, you are likely to get continued recession and bone loss around teeth. And eventually if gum recession is not treated it can lead to bone loss.
EM: So what do you do if you think you have gum recession right now?
AK: Now, gum recession is a very common problem. If you or someone you know thinks they may have gum recession, I would recommend to find a board certified periodontist in your area and schedule a consultation so you can explore your treatment options.
EM: What can your periodontist do for you, and those that are looking at gum recession or other issues?
AK: Your periodontist can actually provide you with all of the necessary information regarding your problem and can present all of the treatment options available for you and help you treat and prevent future gum recession. There are various treatment methods that are available today, and many of them are minimally invasive and don’t even cause much post-operating discomfort. Treatment methods definitely vary according to the type and severity of the recession. Gum grafts or gum lifts are usually procedures that can help create more healthy and attached gums to prevent gum recession from progressing and to help cover the exposed roots. A gum graph is a procedure that usually takes place in a periodontist’s office, before your periodontist begins the procedure, a local anesthetic will be given to numb the area involved, and at your request you can also receive medicine to help you relax or to even put you to sleep. During the gum graph, the periodontist removes a thin piece of tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth, or another site in the mouth and transplants it to the site of where the gum has receded. If you have multiple areas to be grafted, or if someone is completely opposed to having their own tissue for grafting, a bank tissue can also be used which makes things more comfortable post-operation. Re-establishing gum tissue reduces the likelihood of further recession. It helps cover exposed roots, enhances the appearance of the gum-line and prevents or treats root sensitivity. The earlier you find and address gum recession, the easier it is to restore it back to its original state.
EM: Today we are visiting with Dr. Alina Krivitsky, a board certified periodontist, practicing in Brentwood, CA. Also an assistant clinical professor at the USC school of dentistry department of advanced periodontics, here on E-Health radio’s dental care channel, a part of the E-Health radio network. Dr. Krivitsky what is the recovery time and what to expect after the procedure?
AK: That’s a great question Eric. After the gum graft, you are able to go home following the procedure. Your periodontist will give you specific instructions regarding the post-operative care such as diet, physical activity and any medications you may need to take. You will be asked not to floss or brush the gum-line that was repaired until the area has healed and to rinse your mouth with a special mouth-rinse to help control plaque during the healing process. You may also be put on an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. For a week or two following the gum graft you should eat soft and cool foods. The amount of discomfort after a gum graft is usually very minimal, it really may take about a week or two for your mouth to heal fully and you should be able to return to work or normal activity the day after the surgery.
EM: How do you prevent gum recession Dr. Krivitsky?
AK: Now that’s a great question and actually it’s pretty easy to do that. Excellent oral hygiene at home and regular dental check-ups, at least every 6 months can help detect, halt and prevent gum recession and many other dental problems. On a daily basis, what you can do, is actually use a soft toothbrush, a gentle method of tooth brushing, and a minimally abrasive toothpaste. It also helps to reduce intake of acidic foods, and wearing a night-guard if you grind or crunch your teeth. A periodontist or a dental hygienist can help you with all of the necessary tools needed to keep your gums in good health. If you’re located in Los Angeles, CA you can contact us at the CENTER for advanced periodontal and implant therapy, and we will definitely be very happy to assist you in any way that we can.
EM: Dr. Krivitsky, where can our listeners get more information online or be in contact with you there?
AK: Absolutely, you can get more information on our website at www.implantperiocenter.com
EM: Very good. And in conclusion, Dr. Krivitsky, what one thing could you leave with our listeners in the form of a tip?
AK: Now I do have a great tip for most people. Many people don’t know about gum grafting and being unhappy about the looks and the sensitivity due to gum recession. Instead, they have their dentists place white fillings on the exposed tooth roots. Now unfortunately this method does not address the actual cause of gum recession and may even contribute to its progression. If you are thinking about or were recommended to get a white filling on the exposed root of your teeth, make sure you see a periodontist for a consultation first, and remember the best and most natural protection for your roots are your own gums.
EM: We’ve been talking to Dr. Alina Krivitsky, a board certified periodontist, practicing in Brentwood, CA, in the Los Angeles Area and an assistant clinical professor at the USC school of dentistry department of advanced periodontics. And the website of reference once again is: implantperiocenter.com. Dr. Krivitsky, thanks so much for joining us today on E-Health Radio.
AK: Thank you very much.
EM: You’re welcome and this has been Eric Michaels and you have been listening to E-Health radio in the dental care channel a part of the E-Health radio network and we do thank you for listening, and until next time enjoy.
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