Beginning in 2011, Washingtonian magazine has consistently named Dr. Puterman one of the Washington, DC area’s top periodontists. This honor is obtained only through colleague nomination.
Dr. Puterman offers leading expertise and proven experience in all aspects of periodontics, implant surgery, IV sedation, complex bone and soft tissue regeneration and laser periodontics (LANAP). Periodontists normally complete a 3-year residency after dental school in order to become a periodontist. Because Dr. Puterman recognized the benefits of further expertise with dental implants, he also completed an additional 3-year residency in Implant Dentistry. For dental school, he attended Boston University, followed by the dual residency programs and a Master's Degree at California's Loma Linda University. The intense dual residency training involved treating the most complex case types, and included advanced training in bone and soft tissue grafting, microsurgery, prosthodontics, anesthesia, sedation, and the treatment of various oral pathologies. He is one of a handful of periodontists in the world with his superior level of specialized training.
Dr. Puterman has been the recipient of numerous awards for both academic and practical applications from the California Society of Periodontists, Western Society of Periodontists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He is the co-author of research articles on fixed prostheses, implant dentistry, and dental restoration in the Journal of Prosthodontics, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, and other leading publications in the profession. He has previously taught as a clinical instructor for Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the University of Maryland on the Dean’s Faculty. As a nationally acclaimed lecturer on grafting and implants, Dr. Puterman is in high demand across the country.
“Simply outstanding care. Aside from Dr. Puterman's considerable skills and professional knowledge- it is his level of caring that sets him apart from a typical practitioner. Yes all of the elements for a good experience exist - comfortable setting (his has a lovely vista to look upon), pleasant and helpful staff - but it is the immediate sense that Dr. Puterman cares about the concern that brought you to see him, helps you understand treatment options and will be there for support. Care matters.”
As a specialist, Dr. Puterman is well known throughout the area as a team-oriented clinician. He considers it a privilege to partner with the city’s best general dentists and specialists to deliver the best possible patient experience and results. From simple solutions to highly complex cases, Dr. Puterman has become a “go-to” specialist for colleagues in the area.
He is a licensed periodontist and is one of the few dental professionals in the greater DC area certified to deliver IV sedation. With safety being a top priority, he and his staff are also licensed in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. With a desire to grow and help his colleagues grow, he co-leads the Friendship Heights Spear Study Club.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Dr. Puterman lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife, Jennifer, and his sons, Asher and Nathaniel. While he is open to the idea of his boys cheering for the Capitals and Nationals, his heart still belongs to the Canadiens and long-lost Expos.