Healthy gums act as a solid foundation for the rest of your smile. For this reason, our Grand Rapids, MI, periodontist provides an extensive array of periodontal treatments tailored to treat, manage, and improve conditions like gum disease as well as cosmetically enhance smiles through gum line adjustments. Through all that we do, our skilled team is dedicated to delivering outstanding care.

Learn more about our periodontal treatments and related services below.

Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluations

Similar to routine dental checkups, comprehensive periodontal evaluations (CPE) are annual exams aimed at overseeing your gum health and identifying any early signs of potential problems. We’ll assess your teeth, gums, bite, bone structure, as well as the buildup of plaque and any risk factors that could lead to gum disease. By adopting this proactive strategy, we can provide personalized care plans to either preserve or improve your oral health.

Oral Cancer Screenings

The number of people in the U.S. affected by oral cancer each year is not insignificant, with around 54,000 diagnosed. Oral cancer screenings offer early detection of precancerous and cancerous conditions within the mouth using a quick, non-invasive process. Opting for one could potentially save your life by identifying issues early when they are most treatable.

2D Imaging

Utilizing an electronic sensor instead of traditional X-ray film, digital X-rays easily capture images that can then be sent to a nearby computer. This type of dental X-ray is more advanced than its old school counterpart and allows our dentists to get the job done quicker. All you need to do as the patient is sit in the chair for a few minutes while our dental staff comfortably insert the small sensor into your mouth and take the images needed.
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3D Imaging

You’re likely familiar with conventional 2D X-rays as those of the intraoral and extraoral variety are used by many dentists. But what about 3D X-rays? 3D dental imaging has grown in popularity in recent years due to its ability to show a patient’s entire mouth more accurately. When performed, we can better understand your teeth, muscles, nerves, and more thanks to a 3D rendition of the oral cavity.
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Scaling and Root Planing

If you have periodontal disease, we may recommend scaling and root planing, which is essentially a dental deep cleaning above and below the gum line. Because gum disease can cause pockets to form around teeth that then fill up with food particles and plaque, our team will remove bacteria and debris first before smoothing out your tooth roots to help your gums reattach to teeth.
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Periodontal Maintenance

Following gum disease treatment, both maintaining daily oral care on your own and undergoing professional checkups at our office are essential. We will create a personalized care plan for you, detailing an at-home oral hygiene regimen, correct brushing and flossing methods, and products proven to assist individuals with periodontitis.

Pocket Reduction Surgery

Also known as osseous surgery, pocket reduction surgery is meant for patients with moderate to severe gum disease. Performing this procedure not only allows our team to remove harmful bacteria and tartar from the tooth roots, but we’re also able to get rid of infections beneath the gums and prevent future onset. Sure, it’s not glamorous, but the result is the reattachment of gum tissue to your teeth and long-term oral health which is a win!

Crown Lengthening

The goal of crown lengthening is to reveal more of the tooth which can be both restorative and cosmetic. Perfect for individuals requiring a porcelain crown or dealing with decay beneath the gum line, this procedure not only enhances your oral health but also improves the aesthetics of your smile, leading to a proportionate and pleasing appearance.


If we find abnormal bumps, lumps, lesions, or evidence of potential oral cancer during an exam, we may move forward with an oral biopsy. Though it sounds intimidating, this diagnostic procedure involves the careful sampling of tissue within the mouth, allowing our team accurate analysis for early detection and effective treatment planning.

Bone Grafting

Dental bone grafting is designed for individuals who need extra jawbone support prior to the placement of dental implants or to safeguard neighboring teeth. The addition of bone tissue to regions deficient in both volume and density establishes a stable foundation for implants and promotes the enduring health of the adjacent teeth.

Gum Grafting

Suggested mainly for gums that are receding or thinning, gum graft surgery aims to shield your tooth roots from additional exposure and sensitivity. In this operation, we’ll transfer healthy gum tissue to regions experiencing gum recession, fostering tissue regeneration and improving the visual appeal of your smile.

Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures

While our cosmetic periodontal procedures do not primarily treat infections or diseases, they do address aesthetic issues like a gummy smile or receding gums. Utilizing advanced methods such as gum contouring, we skillfully redefine your gum line, significantly improving the symmetry and appearance of your smile.

Dental Implant Placement & Repair

Often made from titanium, dental implants act like a natural tooth root and serve to replace missing teeth. We can recommend them to you if you’re not a fan of removable dentures or a bridge. Before getting started, however, we’ll carefully examine your smile to determine your candidacy.
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Improve Your Gum Health 

Our periodontist in Grand Rapids, MI, is dedicated to helping you regain oral health after gum disease. To schedule an appointment, call Contemporary Family Dental today at (616) 209-3969 or contact us online.