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What Can a Periodontist Do for Me?



There’s a point where that bit of blood from brushing your teeth worsens and the gums recede. There’s also a point where the plaque on teeth hardens into tartar and begins promoting decay at the roots of your teeth. It’s at these critical junctures that gum disease begins to reach the point of no return, where you can only manage symptoms rather than correct them. No matter how mild or severe your gum disease is, your local periodontist is your best shot against gum disease. Find out how your local periodontist can help you.

Pinhole Surgical Technique

After a certain point, it becomes hard not to notice the effects of severe gum disease. One of the telltale signs is gum recession. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique offers a minimally-invasive solution for restoring your gums to a more natural look. Using a hole the size of a pin point, your dentist will carefully pull your gums forward.


To stop the spread of gum disease, you have to remove the decaying and diseased tissues. By conventional means, your dentist would use metal tools to carefully scrape away decaying gum tissue while leaving the healthy tissue behind. LANAP® laser gum surgery involves the use of a dental laser to remove decaying gum tissue. The highly tuned, highly-accurate laser offers a variety of benefits over conventional means:

  • – Much less bleeding
  • – More accurate, so less healthy tissue is removed
  • – Faster healing times
  • – Helps with bone regeneration
  • – And more

Periodontal Surgery

Some more invasive, yet highly impactful, surgeries your dentist may offer to get your oral health back on track include the below:

Bone grafting: to combat bone loss resulting from tooth loss, your dentist may graft natural or synthetic bone into your jaw

Occlusal adjustment: minor adjustments made to adjust your bit, helping your top and bottom teeth align more naturally

Sinus augmentation: lifts the sinuses to make space for dental implants


Learn More About Gum Disease in Norwich, CT Take a moment to schedule a consultation with a local dentist to learn more about your options for treating gum disease in Norwich, CT.