periodontal services  Somerville, MA

Periodontal Services

Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease as well as the process of replacing teeth with dental implants. Periodontists receive up to three years of additional, specialized training in treating periodontal disease and other conditions.

Periodontists are also specialists in treating oral inflammation and any condition requiring either non-surgical treatment or oral plastic surgery. Oftentimes, periodontists are treating conditions caused by periodontal disease and its effects such as persistent bad breath or gum recession.

Dental Implants  Somerville, MA

Dental Implants

If you’re searching for dental implants in Somerville, MA, you’ve come to the right place. They are a permanent solution we offer to our patients for missing and damaged teeth. Every patient is unique, and we’re proud to offer customized solutions no matter what your situation.

One of the first steps we will take is determining whether your jaw is strong enough to support the dental implants. Even if it isn’t, there’s no reason to fear, we have options to make your jaw strong enough to support the implants such as bone grafting. If you desire them and live near Somerville, MA, we will make it happen whether you are missing one tooth or many.

What are Dental Implants?

They are artificial teeth attached to titanium rods, which are then fused into your jaw. These rods act as an artificial root to replicate how real teeth stay in place. This replication means they can’t shift or fall out the way dentures occasionally do. It also means that, unlike crowns and bridges, your tooth is completely removed and replaced during the process.

These will become your new teeth, and you’ll never know they’re artificial- that’s our promise to you. We’ve worked in Somerville, MA for years and have the skills you need to get you quality implants- contact us today.

Should I Consider Dental Implants?

Implants are a unique solution to fix both missing and damaged teeth that require replacing. While there are many reasons you’d want to consider them over other solutions, perhaps the biggest reason is their permanence. They look, act, and perform just like real teeth and unlike dentures, there is no special care and removal every night- just wake up and brush your teeth like normal.

Your smile should look and feel great, and it should live up to your expectations. If you’re looking for implants in the Somerville area, get in touch with us. We can’t wait to get to work on creating a smile you can be proud of.

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Gum Grafting  Somerville, MA

Bone & Gum Grafting

Gum grafts have many reasons for existing, and they range from cosmetic want to medical necessity. In the case of cosmetic, gum grafting can be used to fix uneven gum lines whether they are the result of a disease or simply a cosmetic issue.

When delving into the realm of medical necessity, sometimes a retracted gum line can be dangerous to the roots of your teeth. The roots of your teeth are designed to be covered, and exposure can lead to many ill effects including tooth loss. Another medical reason you may need a gum graft is that they accompany a dental bone graft to repair gum damage.

Whether you are looking for a cosmetic fix for your gum line or need a bone graft for your jaw, West Somerville Dental Associates is here to help. We’ll give you the resources, recommendations, and aid you require to get your smile back to how it needs to be. Call or schedule with us online- we can’t wait to get to work.

Dental Bone Graft

Dental grafting is separated into two categories: gum grafts and bone grafts. Though both are often performed together, you may require only one or the other depending on your current situation. The most common need for a dental bone graft or gum graft is due to a medical need accompanied by installing implants. However, there are also cosmetic reasons for gum grafting you may find yourself interested in.

Due to the nature of dental implants, your current jaw may simply be too fragile or thin to support implants. This is because implants require fusing materials to your jawbone, which can harm you if your jaw isn’t strong enough. If your jaw is too weak, a bone graft is a perfect solution to a stronger jaw to support implants.

Through a clever use of donated bone or synthetic materials, we can build you a new jaw capable of supporting teeth. That way there is nothing standing in your way of getting the new teeth you desire. Now that’s something to smile about.

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Scaling & Root Planing  Somerville, MA

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are a more in-depth, thorough cleaning treatment recommended for patients who may be suffering from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this type of gum infection is caused by bacteria and plaque forming on your teeth over time and causing inflammation. While serious, periodontal disease is treatable. However, it can lead to bone or tooth loss if not treated quickly.

When your gums become inflamed, bacteria hides in pockets that trigger the gums to push away from the teeth. Once these layers or pockets have been formed, it is nearly impossible to clean them with just brushing alone. This is where scaling and root planing becomes necessary. During the scaling portion of this conventional periodontal therapy, our team will use a scaling tool to remove any plaque, bacteria, and tartar around the affected tooth and below the gumline all the way to the bottom of the infected pocket.

After the scaling is complete, we will move onto root planing. The root planing technique is used to smooth out the tooth’s root and ultimately remove the pocket caused by bacteria. When the root has been effectively smoothed, the gums can be reattached and have a greater chance of fully healing.

Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan, we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount for making sure that periodontal disease doesn’t become worse after seeking initial treatment at our office.

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Crown Lengthening  Somerville, MA

Crown Lengthening

For patients who believe that their smile is too “gummy” or that their teeth are too short, we are proud to offer crown lengthening services to fix those concerns. Crown lengthening procedures are done to expose more of the tooth and remove extra gum tissue. By doing this, we can reshape your gums and help give your teeth the look and shape you desire. In addition to the life-changing results, crown lengthening is a minimally-invasive procedure that will allow for a more balanced, even smile.

Before we begin treatment, we will first meet to learn more about your desired results as well as determine if crown lengthening is the best procedure for you. Factors such as oral hygiene and gum health will determine the best course of action and treatment plan. During the dental crown lengthening procedure, our team will remove excess gum and bone tissue to reshape the tooth to expose a more natural tooth. This procedure can be done to just one single tooth or several, or even to your entire gum line. These changes can be done for restorative or cosmetic purposes depending on your needs.

The recovery time for the crown lengthening procedure is approximately three months. As your gums heal, you’ll be able to resume normal habits and functions. In recovery, you will be asked to avoid demanding activities during the first two to three days after your operation. Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount.

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Periodontal Disease Treatment  Somerville, MA

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease is a serious issue that affects many people’s lives. Luckily our experienced periodontists are capable of treating periodontal disease in our patients, a field in which they have rigorous training and education.

The cleaning of calculus, or tartar, is a major component of treating periodontal disease. However, changes in the patient’s behavior are just as important. Making sure your dental hygiene habits are up to par is critical in the treatment of periodontal disease.

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, so it is critical to properly care for them. If you have periodontal disease, don’t feel hopeless. It is a treatable disease, but one that requires the patient to be aware and active with their dental care.

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