Waterbury, CT

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we understand the vital role periodontics plays in maintaining not only your oral health but also your overall well-being. Our dedicated dental care providers offer comprehensive periodontic services designed to treat and manage the health of your gums, ensuring a healthier, brighter smile. 

With advanced treatments ranging from routine maintenance to specialized surgeries, we are committed to providing the highest standard of care in Waterbury, CT. If you’re looking to improve your gum health or have concerns about periodontal disease, schedule your consultation today to learn how our services can benefit you.

What Is Periodontics?

Periodontics is a specialized field of dentistry focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, which affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. This branch of dental care is crucial not only for maintaining oral health but also for preserving the aesthetics of your smile. 

Periodontists are experts in treating various forms of gum disease, from simple gum inflammation to more severe conditions that can lead to significant discomfort and tooth loss. At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, our skilled periodontists employ the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimal care for your gums, helping you maintain a healthy mouth and a confident smile.

The Link Between Periodontal Health & Overall Health

Maintaining healthy gums is not just about preserving a beautiful smile; it plays a crucial role in your overall health. Research has consistently shown a link between periodontal health and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 

Inflammation in the gums can contribute to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, leading to heart disease. Similarly, people with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal disease, which can exacerbate diabetic symptoms by affecting blood glucose control. At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we focus on periodontal care that not only enhances oral health but also supports the body’s general well-being.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. In its early stage, known as gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen, and can bleed easily. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, where the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets, which can become infected. This more severe stage of the disease can lead to tissue and bone destruction around the teeth, potentially resulting in tooth loss. 

Understanding these risks, Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry emphasizes early detection and intervention to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

Stages & Symptoms

Periodontal disease progresses in stages, and recognizing the symptoms early can lead to better outcomes through timely treatment. 

  • The initial stage, gingivitis, is characterized by gum redness, swelling, and bleeding during brushing or flossing. 
  • As the condition advances to periodontitis, symptoms include bad breath, gum recession, gum sensitivity to acidic and cold foods, loose teeth, and changes in the fit of oral appliances. It is crucial to seek professional help upon noticing any of these symptoms to prevent further progression and complications. 

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, our team provides thorough assessments and effective treatments to halt the advancement of periodontal disease, safeguarding your oral and overall health.

Preventative Care & Periodontal Maintenance

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we believe that prevention is the key to maintaining optimal oral health. Our team offers comprehensive preventative care services to help prevent periodontal disease and other dental issues. These services include regular dental cleanings, oral exams, and patient education on proper at-home oral hygiene techniques.

During your routine dental check-ups, our highly trained hygienists will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. They will also perform a periodontal evaluation to assess the health of your gums and identify any signs of gum disease.

If gum disease is detected, we may recommend periodontal maintenance appointments in addition to regular cleanings. This involves deeper cleaning below the gum line to remove bacteria and plaque from areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing. Our team may also provide other treatments to help combat infection and promote healing.

Our Periodontic Services

Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry provides a wide range of periodontic services to address every aspect of gum health. Our offerings include:

  • Scaling and root planing: A deep-cleaning procedure aimed at removing tartar and bacteria from tooth surfaces and beneath the gums to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.
  • Flap surgery: A surgical treatment for advanced periodontitis which involves lifting the gums from the teeth to remove tartar buildup and then suturing the gums in place to fit snugly around the tooth.
  • Gum grafting: Used to cover exposed roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession.
  • Bone grafting: Essential for patients who have lost bone around their teeth, this procedure promotes bone growth and helps in the stability of teeth.
  • Guided tissue regeneration: This surgical procedure encourages the natural regrowth of bone and tissue lost to periodontal disease.
  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy: Utilizing the patient’s own blood, PRP therapy enhances healing and tissue regeneration in periodontal procedures.

These services are carefully designed to not only treat existing periodontal issues but also to optimize the oral health infrastructure, supporting overall health and well-being.

Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is often the first step in the treatment of periodontal disease. This non-surgical procedure involves the meticulous removal of plaque and tartar from below the gum line, reaching down to the root of the tooth. After scaling, the root planing process smooths the root surfaces, discouraging further buildup of plaque and tartar and aiding in the healing of gum tissue. 

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, scaling and root planing is performed with exceptional care and precision, utilizing advanced techniques to ensure patient comfort and the best possible outcomes. This treatment can be pivotal in managing or even reversing the effects of periodontitis, effectively reducing discomfort and restoring oral health.


In the battle against periodontal disease, antibiotics serve as a critical tool when managing bacterial infections. We utilize both topical and oral antibiotics to help control infection and inflammation associated with periodontal disease. 

Topical antibiotics may be applied directly to the gums after scaling and root planing or other procedures, targeting the specific areas of infection. Oral antibiotics might be prescribed in more severe cases to help reduce bacterial counts throughout the mouth and prevent the spread of infection. These antibiotic treatments are carefully prescribed as part of a broader periodontal therapy plan, tailored to enhance the healing process and improve the efficacy of other periodontal treatments.

Flap Surgery

Flap surgery is a more advanced treatment option for patients experiencing severe periodontitis, particularly when other treatments have not adequately controlled the condition. This procedure involves making small incisions in the gum to lift back a section of gum tissue, exposing the roots for more effective scaling and root planing. 

Our skilled periodontists perform flap surgery to remove tartar deposits in deep pockets or to reduce pocket size and make it easier for patients and dental professionals to keep the area clean. This method is instrumental in gaining access to deeper areas of the bone and root surfaces, which are otherwise difficult to reach with non-surgical procedures.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is an essential procedure for correcting the effects of gum recession, which exposes the tooth roots and can lead to sensitivity and increased risk of root decay. The process involves taking gum tissue from elsewhere in the mouth, often the palate, and grafting it onto the areas where the gum has receded. 

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, gum grafting not only improves the aesthetic appearance of your smile but also contributes to better gum health by covering exposed roots, thus reducing their susceptibility to decay and sensitivity. This procedure is part of our comprehensive approach to periodontal care, aimed at restoring and maintaining both the function and health of your gums.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a pivotal procedure in periodontics, especially for patients who have experienced significant bone loss due to periodontal disease. At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we utilize bone grafting to regenerate lost bone around teeth, thereby providing better support and increasing the chances of saving teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted.

This process involves placing new bone material—either synthetic, from a donor, or from the patient’s own body—into areas where bone has been lost. Over time, this graft helps stimulate new bone growth, restoring the jaw’s natural contour and function. Bone grafting is often a preparatory step for further periodontal procedures, ensuring a stronger foundation for the long-term health of the gums and teeth.

Guided Tissue Regeneration

Guided tissue regeneration is an innovative procedure designed to direct the growth of new bone and gum tissue at sites where one or both have been destroyed by periodontal disease. This technique involves placing a biocompatible fabric barrier between the existing bone and the overlying gum tissue. This barrier prevents the faster-growing gum tissue from invading the area where bone should regenerate, allowing the slower-growing bone cells to migrate and establish themselves. 

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we utilize guided tissue regeneration to enhance the outcomes of our periodontal therapies, helping patients regain the natural function and aesthetics of their gums and teeth.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a cutting-edge treatment used to enhance healing in various medical fields, including periodontics. This therapy involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood, processing it to concentrate the platelets, and then injecting this platelet-rich plasma into the surgical site. The concentrated platelets release growth factors that promote faster tissue repair and new tissue growth. 

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, PRP therapy is employed to accelerate the healing process after procedures such as bone grafting, gum grafting, or flap surgery. By using the body’s own healing mechanisms, PRP therapy reduces recovery time and enhances the overall success of periodontal treatments, leading to better patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Choose Excellence In Periodontal Care

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we are committed to offering only the highest standard of periodontal care, designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Our experienced team employs state-of-the-art techniques and treatments to ensure you receive the most effective care from the initial diagnosis to the final stages of recovery. We understand the importance of a healthy smile and its impact on your overall health and confidence.

Choosing us for your periodontal needs means opting for a practice that prioritizes your health and well-being, using evidence-based treatments and a compassionate approach to dental care. Whether you need preventative maintenance, advanced surgical interventions, or anything in between, Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry is your trusted partner in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health.

Don’t let gum disease compromise your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, more vibrant smile.

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