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Wilton Smiles is proud to provide periodontal services in Wilton CT. Here, we focus on the health of your gums to make sure your smile stays beautiful and healthy. Periodontics is important because it deals with preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. Our goal is to ensure that your gums are strong – because healthy gums are key to a healthy mouth!

DR. Mariya Malin

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Nicole Marquis to our team at Wilton Smiles. With nearly 25 years specializing in periodontics, Dr. Marquis is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for severe and complex gum conditions.

Background – Dr. Marquis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her degrees in Dental Medicine and Periodontics. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Beyond Wilton Smiles, she runs Seaside Periodontics in Madison, CT.

Expertise – Dr. Marquis has a strong background in treating all types of periodontal disease, from early diagnosis to advanced surgical treatments. She is known for her caring approach and builds lasting relationships with her patients, focusing on education and preventative measures.

Commitment – Her commitment to patient care and her detailed attention to treatment make her a valuable addition to our practice. Dr. Marquis is excited to use her extensive knowledge to help our patients at Wilton Smiles maintain excellent oral health.

Dr. Marquis looks forward to meeting new patients and providing them with the highest level of periodontal care!

Our Periodontal Services

Scaling and Root Planing

This is a deep cleaning treatment, and it is very important for managing gum disease:

    • Deep Cleaning: Very thorough cleaning of the pockets around the teeth, to get rid of plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line.
    • Infection Control: For infections, we apply treatments that target and reduce gum infections.
    • Preventative Care: Remember, regular check-ups to keep an eye on your gum health can help to prevent future problems.

Dental Crown Lengthening

Dental crown lengthening is used to prepare teeth for restorative or cosmetic treatments:

    • Reshaping Gum and Bone: We adjust the gum line and the underlying bone, so we can expose more of the tooth.
    • Restoration Fit: A restoration fit is used to make sure there is enough tooth structure for new crowns or restorations.
    • Cosmetic Enhancement: These are any number of improvements to the proportions of your smile, like if you have excess gum covering your teeth.

Osseous (Bone) Surgery

Osseous surgery is a surgical treatment that helps reshape the bones that support the teeth:

    • Pocket Reduction: For this procedure, we smooth out the bones to get rid of deep gum pockets, in order to prevent bacteria accumulation.
    • Bone Contouring: This involves reshaping the bone, to help us with the reattachment of the gums to healthy bone.

Bone Grafting

We use bone grafting to repair and rebuild diseased or damaged bone around the teeth:

    • Jawbone Restoration: Jawbone restoration helps to enhance the support for your existing teeth, and for potential dental implants.
    • Support for Dental Implants: Bone grafting can often provide the necessary bone structure for the placement of dental implants.

Gum Grafting

When Gum recession exposes tooth roots, it can lead to complications. Our gum grafting procedures can help with this:

    • Tissue Transplantation: When it is needed, we can add tissue to areas where the gum has receded.
    • Root Coverage: Where roots are exposed, we cover the exposed roots to reduce sensitivity and protect against any further decay.
    • Aesthetic Improvement: To help improve the appearance of your smile, we can also correct receded gums.

Dental Implants

We provide dental implants in-house, which are one of the best solutions for missing teeth:

    • Tooth Replacement: For missing teeth, we install a dental implant that functions just like a natural tooth.
    • Long-term Solution: Just as durable and stable as your original tooth, you’ll benefit from better oral function and appearance.

Periodontal Maintenance & Checkups

It’s not just about emergencies! Maintaining healthy gums after treatment is very important to prevent any future gum disease:

    • Routine Cleanings: Get serious about professional cleanings to remove plaque and prevent any tartar buildup.
    • Regular Monitoring: A periodontist will check the depth of your gum pockets, and will assess overall gum health during each visit.
    • Early Intervention: Quickly notify your periodontist if you notice any signs of gum disease or other issues.

The Periodontal Care Process

At Wilton Smiles, we are thorough when it comes to treating gum disease, focusing on early detection, effective treatment, and thorough follow-up care. Here is what you can expect when you come to us for periodontal care:

Consultation and Diagnosis

Your treatment journey begins with a detailed examination. During your first visit, we use advanced diagnostic tools to assess the health of your gums. We look for any signs of gum disease, such as redness, swelling, or deep pockets around the teeth. This thorough check-up helps us catch any issues early, which is key to effective treatment.

Treatment Plans Just for You

We understand that every patient’s gums are unique, and so are their treatment needs. After diagnosing any gum issues, we discuss various treatment options with you. Whether you need a simple cleaning or more complex procedures like scaling and root planing, we explain each option and suggest the most effective treatment plan based on your specific condition.

Recovery and Aftercare

After your treatment, we guide you through the recovery process to ensure your gums heal properly. We provide detailed instructions on how to care for your gums at home, including tips on brushing, flossing, and using any prescribed medications. Following these instructions is crucial for your recovery and ongoing gum health. We also schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your care plan.

Tips for Maintaining Excellent Gum Health

Keeping your gums healthy is very important for a great smile and good health. Here are some easy tips to help you take care of your gums every day. These habits are simple to follow but make a big difference in keeping your gums and teeth healthy.

    1. Brush and Floss Regularly – Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once daily are the best ways to remove plaque and prevent gum disease. Make sure to use a soft toothbrush and gentle motions to avoid hurting your gums.
    2. Healthy Eating Habits – What you eat affects your gums. Foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products provide vitamins and minerals that are good for your gums. Try to eat a balanced diet to keep your gums and teeth strong.
    3. Avoid Tobacco Products – Tobacco can damage your gums and make them more likely to get infected. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, stopping can improve your gum health significantly.
    4. Regular Dental Check-ups – Visiting us for regular check-ups helps us spot any early signs of gum disease. We can treat problems before they get serious, keeping your gums healthy.
    5. Stay Hydrated – Drinking water is great for your overall health, including your gums. Water helps wash away food particles and bacteria that can cause gum disease. Try to drink water after meals especially.
    6. Use Mouthwash – A good mouthwash can help kill bacteria that brushing and flossing might miss. Ask us about which mouthwash is best for your gums.
    7. Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods – Sugary and acidic foods can harm your teeth and gums. Try to cut down on sweets and acidic drinks like soda. If you do consume them, brush your teeth soon after.

By following these simple tips, you can help keep your gums healthy, prevent gum disease, and maintain a bright, healthy smile. Remember, taking care of your gums is an important part of taking care of your overall health. If you have any questions or need help with your gum care routine, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!

Why Choose Wilton Smiles for Periodontal Care?

Our practice is led by Dr. Mariya Malin and our new specialist, Dr. Nicole Marquis, who bring extensive experience and compassion to our team. Dr. Marquis has almost 25 years of experience and deals with the toughest cases of gum disease using the newest methods. We make sure each patient gets the care they need, which means we listen to you and create a plan just right for your situation. Our clinic is family friendly, and uses the latest technology to keep your visits smooth, painless, and comfortable. We’re here to help you keep your gums healthy for a better life!

Contact Us for a Consultation

Are you ready to take the next step towards healthier gums and a brighter smile? Contact us today! You can call us at 475-258-7451 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation. We are excited to meet you and help you achieve the best oral health possible.

Frequently Asked Periodontics Questions

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is when the gums become inflamed, often leading to swelling or infection. If not treated, it can damage the bone that supports your teeth.

How often should I visit a periodontist?

It’s good to visit a periodontist if you notice any issues with your gums or every six months for a check-up to prevent problems.

Can gum disease be cured?

Yes, early stages of gum disease can be treated and cured. We can help manage more advanced stages to improve your health and prevent further damage.

What can I do to prevent gum disease?

Regular brushing and flossing, eating a balanced diet, and visiting us for check-ups can all help prevent gum disease.

Published on
April 18, 2024

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