Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht and his dental care team offer gum disease treatment in Indianapolis, IN. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is characterized by bacteria and plaque buildup. Common causes of this condition include damaged teeth or poor dental hygiene. Our dentist in Indianapolis, IN uses surgical treatment including gingivectomies and tissue grafting, as well as state-of-the-art laser treatments such as scaling and root planing.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease arises first through gingivitis or gum inflammation that is caused by bacteria on the gum line. The bacteria move deeper into your gums to create pockets around your tooth roots. As a result, teeth could loosen or fall out. Symptoms of periodontitis include gum redness and bleeding when brushing and flossing.
In addition, you can feel tooth sensitivity and suffer from chronic bad breath. Gum disease could also impact your overall health by increasing your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems. In addition, restorative dental options may be needed after gum treatment. Learn about the options our office offers patients below:
Moderate to advanced cases of periodontitis are treated with surgery. A gingivectomy is used to remove severely diseased tissue. A tissue graft is often used in conjunction with a gingivectomy. Dr. Ahlbrecht restores gum recession at the gum line by using patient or donor tissue. A tissue graft prevents increased tooth sensitivity, protects teeth, and improves the appearance of your smile.
Our professionals recommend non-surgical laser treatment for some dental cases. Scaling and root planing are common periodontal options used in tandem. A laser is used to remove diseased tissue and any remaining bacteria. Dr. Ahlbrecht will then smooth down the dental roots. Following this process, your gums can reattach to dental roots.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Prevent gum disease from occurring by removing plaque and bacteria with our surgical and laser treatments. Call us at 317.204.7134 or schedule a consultation online. Our dentists are enthusiastic about giving patients excellent modern options to treat their dental problems. Have any further questions about gum disease? Ask a member of our team, who will be glad to help you.