Common Periodontal Services
By Putnam Family Dental
June 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Gum DiseasePeriodontal dentistry treats the gum tissue and bones that support and protect the teeth. A varsity of restorative and cosmetic periodontal services are available for treating gums that are infected or pose cosmetic concerns. At Putnam Family Dental, Dr. Alaa Ahmed and Dr. Islam Dehis are your dentists for periodontal and surgical services in Putnam, CT.

Periodontal Therapy

Several different surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy services are available for improving the health of your gums, which can prevent tooth loss. In Putnam, periodontal and surgical services include:

  • Dental implants
  • Gum grafting
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Crown lengthening surgery

Dental implants can restore your smile by filling in gaps where natural teeth are missing. The implant is placed below the gum line like a root and is capped with a dental crown. The crown serves as a replacement tooth and looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

Gum grafting is used to replace gum tissue that has receded or been worn away by infection. When gum tissue is lost, the roots of the teeth can become exposed and vulnerable. Gum grafting involves taking healthy gum tissue from another area of the mouth and grafting it in an area where there has been gum tissue loss.

Scaling and root planing are periodontal methods for cleaning the teeth all the way down to the roots. Scaling is used to clean plaque and tarter from unexposed portions of the teeth that are situated just below the gum line. Root planing is used to clean infection away from tooth roots. When roots are infected, gum tissue can pull away from the teeth. By cleaning the roots, root planing makes it possible for the gum to heal and eventually reattach to the teeth.

Crown lengthening surgery is used to extend the visible portion of teeth that are overly concealed by the gums or by bone tissue, which is sometimes referred to as a gummy smile. This procedure makes the teeth appear longer so your smile appears less gummy.

Periodontal laser treatment is an efficient method for safely removing diseased gum tissue that cannot be repaired. Periodontal plastic surgery is used when gum tissue needs to be reshaped to improve the appearance of the smile.

There are a variety of common periodontal services for restoring the health of your gums, which can keep your teeth healthier and better protected. To learn more about periodontal and surgical services in Putnam and how such services can help you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahmed or Dr. Dehis by calling Putnam Family Dental at (860) 928-5334.