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Larry A. Johnson, DDS, PC provides a wide variety of top-notch services at our offices in Sturbridge, MA and Danielson, CT. From periodontal treatment and prevention, to dental implants, and everything in between, when you visit us, our team ensures you are one step closer to a healthier and more radiant smile.

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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar) and begins to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Not only is periodontal disease the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Common Causes

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Pregnancy and menopause
  • Chronic stress and poor diet
  • Diabetes and underlying medical issues
  • Grinding teeth
  • Medication

Signs & Symptoms

If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, it is important that you schedule an appointment with a periodontist as soon as possible. Call 508-347-2673 for our Sturbridge, MA office or 860-779-0374 for our Danielson, CT office.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • New spacing between teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Receding gums
  • Red and puffy gums
  • Tenderness or discomfort

Dental Implants

CAT Scan Imaging

Cone Beam C.T. is available for case evaluation and virtual implant placement. An entire case can be visualized on a computer before implants are placed. A template is constructed to be used in the mouth for exact implant placement.

Implants can be as simple as replacing a single missing tooth or as extensive as replacing an entire set of teeth. We encourage our patients to have a consultation to see if implants are the right option for them.

Preventative Services

Routine Cleanings

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, Dr. Johnson and your dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.

Digital X-Rays

Digital radiography is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged.

Dental x-rays are essential and preventative diagnostic tools that provide valuable information that may not be visible during a routine dental exam. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. We recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and your risk of periodontal disease.

Oral Cancer Exams & Biopsies

During an oral cancer exam, the dentist will look for abnormalities and feel the face, glands and neck for unusual bumps. If abnormalities, lesions, leukoplakia, or lumps are apparent, the dentist will implement a diagnostic impression and treatment plan.

In the event that the initial treatment plan is ineffective, a biopsy of the area will be performed. The biopsy is a small surgical procedure in which the dentist removes the tissue from your mouth and sends it to a laboratory for microscopic evaluation by an oral and maxillofacial specialist.

During bi-annual check-ups, the dentist and hygienist will thoroughly look for changes and lesions in the mouth, but a dedicated comprehensive oral cancer screening should be performed at least once each year.

TMJ Disorders

Many people who suffer from symptoms such as headaches, earaches, tenderness of the jaw muscles, or dull, aching facial pain often share a common problem. Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from what has come to be known as temporomandibular joint disorders.

Common Causes

  • Oral habits such as clenching the teeth or grinding the teeth.
  • Improperly aligned teeth can sometimes place the chewing muscles under stress and cause them to go into spasm, thus setting off a harmful cycle.

Frequently, oral habits and problems with the bite work together to cause TMJ disorders. Diagnosis and treatment should be pursued to avoid long term permanent problems. Call 508-347-2673 for our Sturbridge, MA office or 860-779-0374 for our Danielson, CT office.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • Clicking or popping noise when one opens or closes the mouth
  • Difficulty in opening one’s mouth
  • Jaws that get stuck or “lock”
  • Pain brought on by yawning, chewing, or opening the mouth widely.
  • Certain types of headaches or neck aches.

Other Services

Bone Grafting

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of bone loss in the oral cavity. The bone grafting procedure is an excellent way to replace lost bone tissue and encourage natural bone growth. Bone grafting is a versatile and predictable procedure which fulfills a wide variety of functions.

A bone graft may be required to create a stable base for dental implant placement, to halt the progression of gum disease, or to make the smile appear more aesthetically pleasing.

Gum Grafting

A gum graft is a collective name for surgical periodontal procedures that aim to cover an exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue. Exposed tooth roots are usually the result of gingival recession due to periodontal disease. Benefits include reduced sensitivity, improved appearance, and improved gum health.

Gum Recession

Gingival recession (receding gums) refers to the progressive loss of gum tissue, which can eventually result in tooth root exposure if left untreated. Gum recession is most common in adults over the age of 40, but the process can begin in the teenage years. Regular dental check-ups will help to prevent gum recession and assess risk factors.

 Dr. Johnson can determine the cause of your symptoms by conducting a series of diagnostic tests. These may include a complete medical history, a clinical examination, X-rays, and casts of your teeth. Sometimes Dr. Johnson may refer you to a physician. Proper diagnosis is an important step before treatment. It can save time and money by ensuring that you receive the treatment appropriate for your particular problem.

For more information about our services please contact us today!

Sturbridge, MA Location

69 Hall Road Suite 2

Sturbridge, MA 01566

Phone: 508-347-2673
Fax: 508-347-5085

Hours:
Monday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: Closed

We request 48 hours notice for all cancellations

Danielson, CT Location

25 Green Hollow Road

Danielson, CT 06239

Phone: 860-779-0374
Fax: 860-779-0376

Hours:
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

We request 48 hours notice for all cancellations