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Treating Gum Disease Through
Traditional and Laser Techniques


At the North Meridian Dental Excellence, Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht proudly offers comprehensive periodontal care. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a significant concern because it can quickly and dramatically damage your smile. Caused by a buildup of oral bacteria, the condition can result in pronounced discomfort and widespread tooth loss. In severe cases, it can even compromise your overall physical health. The gum disease treatment options at our Indianapolis, IN, office include traditional procedures, such as gingivectomies and tissue grafting. Whenever possible, we will employ our state-of-the-art dental lasers. Our innovative technology will make your treatment much faster and result in less discomfort and a quicker recovery.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

There are two stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is the first and most easily treatable stage. It occurs when bacteria builds along your gum line, and it can result in minor inflammation. Slight bleeding and redness are also possible. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Unaddressed gingivitis can quickly progress to full-blown periodontitis, for which there is no cure. This condition develops when the bacteria move deeper into your gums, where they will create pockets around your tooth roots. The pockets will progressively grow larger as the bacteria multiply. As a result, many of your teeth could loosen or fall out. You could also suffer from pronounced sensitivity, redness, significant bleeding, and chronic bad breath. Gum disease could also impact your overall health, raising your risk for heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

Illustration of stages of gum disease
Gum disease can progress without treatment, leading to serious, lasting damage of your smile.

Traditional Gum Disease Treatments

We offer several traditional, proven periodontal treatments for moderate to advanced cases. For example, if you have severely diseased tissue, we can remove it during a process known as a gingivectomy. In conjunction with this process or on its own, Dr. Ahlbrecht may also perform a tissue graft. Using your own or donor tissue, he can restore the recessed spots on your gum line. Thus, he can fortify and protect your teeth. He can also prevent dental sensitivity and protect the appearance of your smile. Nonetheless, these procedures only keep gum disease under control. Because there is no cure, you will need to keep close tabs on your oral health and be especially proactive about your preventive care.

Laser Treatment Options

Frequently, we recommend non-surgical laser treatment. For instance, scaling and planing (a deep cleaning) is one of the most common periodontal options. During this process, Dr. Ahlbrecht will remove diseased tissue with a special laser. Simultaneously, the high energy will destroy remaining bacteria. Then your practitioner will smooth down your dental roots. This step will remove the microscopic cracks and fissures where bacteria can accumulate. Following this process, your gums can reattach themselves to your dental roots. In addition, by discouraging bacterial growth, this treatment can prevent future flare-ups of gum disease.

If you have noticed any of the symptoms of gum disease, you should seek treatment right away. 

Lasers are a remarkable innovation in periodontal care. First, they can more effectively eradicate bacteria than manual instruments. They are also more precise. Consequently, your treatment will disturb less of your gum tissue, and it will involve minimal discomfort. Finally, lasers actually seal blood vessels. Therefore, your treatment will result in little to no bleeding with a very fast recovery time. Most importantly, you will have a much lower risk for future tooth loss and further health complications.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you have noticed any of the symptoms of gum disease, you should seek treatment right away. Contact us online to book an appointment and to learn more about our periodontal options. You can also call (317) 571-5000 to speak to a member of our team.

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"North Meridian Dental Excellence is great! They've somehow cracked the code on making a trip to the dentist an enjoyable experience. Dr. Ahlbrecht and his team are all great to work with. Everyone is extremely friendly, nice and fun, while maintaining a professional, clean and private environment."

Nick E.

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8902 N Meridian St
Ste 102
Indianapolis, IN 46260

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