Gums act as a vital protective barrier for your teeth—and your greater health. If bacteria are allowed to flourish on them, you can develop periodontal disease or gum disease. There are a variety of reasons this can happen: poor dental hygiene, tobacco use, preexisting health conditions, or genetic factors. Left untreated, it can result in tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. Gum disease becomes incurable at an advanced stage and has even been shown to be a contributing factor to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Our team at West 10th Dental Group is equipped to provide exceptional periodontal treatment in Indianapolis, IN.
Our multispecialty team includes a board-certified periodontist, a specialist in diagnosing and treating issues of the gums. To become a periodontist, a dentist must complete at least three years of advanced specialty training. Board certification signifies that a periodontist “has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty.” They must also complete many hours of continuing education each year to maintain certification. When it comes to periodontal treatment, no practitioner has greater expertise. We can restore your gum health and even make you a candidate for dental implants, if needed, through gum disease treatment.
Symptoms Of Gum Disease:
- Tender, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Loose, mobile teeth
- Gum recession
- Persistent bad breath
Gum disease has many warning signs. Your gums may be swollen. They may bleed when you’re brushing. Pockets may form between them and your teeth. Your breath may be foul no matter what you do. If you don’t have your gum disease treated, it can progress into periodontitis, an incurable condition with complications including gum recession, bone recession, and tooth loss. The bacteria behind gum disease can also affect your major organs, heightening your risk of heart disease, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. The good news is that our practice provides minimally invasive, highly predictable treatment through LANAP in Indianapolis, IN.
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.
Advantages Of LANAP:
- Less pain and bleeding
- No scalpels, stitches, or sutures
- No need for invasive osseous surgery
- More precise treatment overall
- Fewer appointments needed
- Faster recovery with fewer complications
- Reduced dental anxiety
We use the PerioLase® MVP-7™ because it’s the only laser system that enables us to bring you all the benefits of LANAP. Our team has undergone special training to certify them to use this system. For the treatment, we move the tip of the laser wand inside the pockets between your gums and teeth, instantly destroying bacteria and diseased tissue without harming adjacent healthy tissue.
While working within the pockets we use another instrument to remove hardened plaque from the teeth roots. We then use the laser again to disinfect the soft tissue, tooth roots, and jawbone. The laser seals the treatment site to allow healing to begin. No scalpels. No sutures. Just excellent results in the form of healthier, more comfortable gums! LANAP laser periodontal treatment is lightyears ahead of others.