Understanding the importance of healthy gums is crucial to overall oral wellness. That’s why our West Michigan periodontist offers a thorough suite of periodontal procedures designed to address a wide range of needs, from early gum disease treatment and preventive measures like oral cancer screenings to more advanced options like gum or bone grafting. No matter what you’re looking for, our experienced team is here to provide you with exceptional care.

Browse our collection of periodontal treatments and related services below.

Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluations

Much like a regular checkup, comprehensive periodontal evaluations (CPE) are vital yearly assessments designed to monitor your gum health and pinpoint potential issues early on. During this examination, we evaluate your teeth, gums, bite, and bone structure, along with plaque accumulation and risk factors for gum disease. This proactive approach ensures we can offer tailored treatments to maintain or restore your oral health, keeping your smile strong and vibrant.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Over 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral or throat cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, we provide preventive oral cancer screenings so the condition can be detected in its early stages. It’s through this detection that we can then give you the best chance of survival and recovery.
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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

After your initial gum disease treatment, it’s crucial that daily upkeep as well as professional maintenance in one of our offices continues. We can devise a treatment plan that includes information regarding an at-home oral hygiene routine, proper brushing and flossing techniques, and recommended products known to help people with periodontitis.

Pocket Reduction Surgery

For patients suffering from moderate to severe gum disease, we may recommend pocket reduction surgery, also known as osseous surgery. It’s with this procedure that our team can remove harmful bacteria and tartar from the tooth roots as well as eradicate hidden infections beneath the gums and prevent their recurrence. The overarching goal being a healthier environment for your gums to reattach to your teeth and long-term oral health.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a precise procedure designed to expose more of a tooth’s structure for both restorative and aesthetic purposes. Ideal for patients needing a porcelain crown or facing dental decay below the gum line, this surgery involves reshaping the gum tissue and bone to reveal more of the tooth. Not only beneficial for improving oral health, but smile appearance as well, crown lengthening results in a harmonious, balanced look.


An oral biopsy may be performed if further investigation is needed for abnormal lesions or signs of oral cancer. This crucial diagnostic procedure involves the careful sampling of tissue within the mouth and is conducted with precision and care, ensuring accurate analysis for early detection and effective treatment planning.

Bone Grafting

Dental bone grafting is intended for patients needing to strengthen their jawbone for future dental implant placement or to protect adjacent teeth. This process involves adding bone tissue to areas that lack both volume and density, thus creating a solid foundation for implants and ensuring the long-term health of surrounding teeth.

Gum Grafting

Recommended primarily for thinning or receding gums, gum graft surgery protects your tooth roots from further exposure and sensitivity. During this procedure, our team will transplant healthy gum tissue to areas where the gums have pulled back, promoting regeneration, and enhancing the aesthetics of your smile.

Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures

Instead of being used to treat an infection or disease, our cosmetic periodontal procedures offer transformative solutions for aesthetic concerns such as a gummy smile or receded gum lines. Through advanced techniques like gum contouring, we can beautifully reshape your gum tissue, enhancing the balance of your smile.

Dental Implant Placement & Repair

Dental implants not only restore your smile, but improve speech, chewing, and self-esteem. They are surgically embedded, unlike other forms of restoration that sit on top of the gums, so there’s no risk that they’ll shift when you least expect. If you have missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with one of our West Michigan dental implant dentists.
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Give Us a Call Today

Our periodontist serving West Michigan is here to help treat, manage, and improve concerns related to your gums. Call one of our MI Smiles Dental locations down below to schedule an appointment!