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What Is Periodontal Care?

Periodontics is a specialized field within the dental profession that focuses on the prevention and treatment of diseases that affect the gums, bone, and other supporting structures around teeth. It also includes the placement of dental implants, which are artificial tooth replacements that look and feel like natural teeth. Periodontal care is essential for overall oral health as it helps to prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to systemic infection and tooth loss. Through periodontal care, patients can take an active role in preserving their smile and maintaining their overall oral health.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum and its supporting structures caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky film that constantly forms on our teeth, and tartar is hardened plaque that accumulates over time. If left untreated, periodontal disease can damage the gum tissue and supporting bone structures—leading to pain, bleeding, bad breath, and tooth loss. The most common symptoms of periodontal disease include the following:

Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing are an early sign of periodontal disease. The tissue around the teeth may also be swollen and tender.

Receding gums can cause your teeth to look longer than they should, exposing more of the root surfaces. Gum recession may also cause sensitivity as your teeth have become more vulnerable to hot and cold temperatures.

Bacteria in plaque can cause bad breath. As the plaque and bacteria invade below the gum line, bad breath can become more persistent and severe.

Periodontal disease can cause teeth to become loose—a sign of possible bone loss. Loose teeth can be caused by gum recession or weakening of the supporting structures around them.

Benefits Of Periodontal Care

Periodontal care can help protect your gums and save you from developing serious oral health problems. Not only does periodontal care involve regular cleanings and exams, but it also includes treatments that target the underlying causes of periodontal disease. Through this type of care, patients can benefit from improved oral health and an enhanced smile. The benefits of periodontal care include:

Periodontal Care With LANAP®

With LANAP laser gum disease treatment, you’ll experience less procedure-related pain and bleeding, and will have a quicker, smoother recovery. LANAP, short for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is an FDA-approved laser periodontal treatment that allows us to eliminate infection while preserving the underlying tissue. With this innovative approach and an in-house multispecialty team including an acclaimed periodontist with specialized training in gum treatment, West 10th Dental Group is Indianapolis’ practice of choice for comprehensive gum care.

Is Periodontal Care Right For You?

Periodontal care is important for maintaining a healthy smile. If you have any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, it’s essential to seek professional care before the condition becomes more severe. If you have any needs for other periodontal procedures—such as bone grafting, crown lengthening, or soft-tissue grafting, our team is here to help. Contact us today for more information!

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