If you are suffering from red, swollen, or tender gums, you may have periodontal disease. Left untreated, it may lead to inflammation, bleeding, and eventually recession. Early diagnosis and treatment can preserve the health of your teeth and gums.
Inflammation from bacteria may cause gums to be red, swell, and bleed. If you have any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you seek treatment as soon as possible. A general dentist can usually intervene when the disease is in the gingivitis stage.
Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to the next stage. Periodontitis occurs when gums begin to separate from the teeth leading to infected pockets. Toxins from the bacteria combined with the body’s response to the infection can erode supporting bone and tissue, eventually causing tooth loss. Treatment from a Periodontist is required at this stage.
To minimize patient discomfort and maximize treatment effectiveness, we use the most advanced LANAP® laser technology available. The PerioLase® laser delivers gentle pulses of light to effectively root out and kill the damaging bacteria hidden between teeth and gums. While traditional scalpel (blade) surgery can harm healthy gum tissue, LANAP® focuses precisely on the diseased tissue leaving healthy tissue unharmed. The result is a more relaxing patient experience with faster healing.
Osseous surgery, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, refers to a number of different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria. This approach can reduce bacterial spread, prevent bone loss, enhance the smile, and facilitate more effective home hygiene care.
A ridge augmentation is often performed following a tooth extraction to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw. Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge (bone surrounding tooth roots) is not medically necessary, but may be required for dental implant placement, or for aesthetic purposes.
As the most common non-surgical methods to treat gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planning reach where flossing and brushing cannot. A special dental tool is used during the procedure to get down to the roots by removing the bacteria and tartar that have gathered below the gum line.
Guided regeneration can help you regain a healthy gum line and bone structure. Our specialists surgically position barrier membranes under your gums to promote healthy tissue growth and bone regeneration.
Sinus lift/augmentation raises the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation in the upper jaw. Bone is added between the jaw and maxillary sinuses to repair damage from periodontal disease often for the proper placement of implants.
An abnormally prominent frenum, the small tissue fold in your mouth that connects your lower gums to the bottom of your tongue or that connects your upper gums to your upper lip, may have a negative impact on teeth, gums, and the supporting bone structure. A frenectomy with Dr. Puterman is a short surgery, typically about 15 minutes, to reduce the frenum for a healthier long-term oral environment.
Our precision dental laser meticulously targets and removes harmful bacteria without causing damage to healthy gum tissue.
Gum recession is commonly an unavoidable result of traditional surgery because the scalpel cuts away at the gum line. Laser gum surgery never harms healthy tissue, which means there is little to no gum recession.
Since there is no cutting and little to no post-operative inflammation, our patients experience a much faster healing period and often do not need pain medication.
Laser gum surgery has been shown to generate new bone growth in the jaw, leading to added support for existing teeth.