Periodontics Specialist

Periodontics Specialist
Periodontics services offered in Shrewsbury, MA

If you want dental implants but don’t have enough bone to support them, periodontal treatments can help. At Lakeside Family Dental experienced general and family dentist Assia Fain, DMD, PhD, provides complete periodontics care. To make an appointment in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, call the office or book online today using this website.

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a dental subspecialty that diagnoses and treats diseases that affect the gums and bones in your mouth. 

At Lakeside Family Dental, the providers use periodontics to manage gum disease. They also perform periodontal surgery, including bone grafts, socket regeneration, and frenectomy.

Who can benefit from periodontics?

You might benefit from periodontics if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red, puffy, or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain when biting or chewing

You might also benefit from periodontics if you want dental implants but don’t have enough healthy bone to support them.

What services does periodontics provide?

Lakeside Family Dental offers various periodontics services, including:

Periodontal surgery

Periodontal surgery uses special tools to remove bacteria from beneath your gums, reshape the bones that support your teeth, and prevent future damage.

There are several types of periodontal surgery. After an oral exam, a review of your dental records, and a series of X-rays, your Lakeside Family Dental provider can develop a custom treatment plan.


Frenectomy is an outpatient procedure that releases the lingual frenulum –– a piece of tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. 

If your child’s lingual frenulum is too tight or too short, it can affect their ability to eat and speak. Frenectomy can significantly improve your child’s quality of life.

Socket preservation

If you need an extraction, Lakeside Family Dental might recommend socket preservation to prevent bone loss. During socket preservation, your dentist inserts a bone graft into the socket where your permanent tooth used to be. Once placed, the graft encourages the production of new and healthy bone tissue.

Bone grafts (bone regeneration)

A bone graft (or bone regeneration) is similar to socket preservation. The difference is that bone grafts are used to strengthen your jaw or alveolar bone instead of an empty socket. Lakeside Family Dental might recommend a bone graft if you want dental implants, but don’t have enough healthy bone to support them.

What type of periodontics will benefit me?

The type of periodontics that will benefit you depends on several factors, including your age, dental records, and symptoms. After an oral exam and a series of oral X-rays, your Lakeside Family Dental provider can make recommendations that align with your needs.

To see if you’re a candidate for periodontics, make an appointment at Lakeside Family Dental by calling the office or booking online today.