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Why Go to a Periodontist for Dental Implants?

dentist and patientChoosing the right place to receive your dental implants in Indianapolis isn’t an easy task. Some people say you should only choose an oral surgeon, while others say a dentist is the route to go. Yet others say that you should visit a periodontist – a specialist. But why?

There are several reasons why you should visit a periodontist for your dental implants, and we’ll touch on a few of them in this post.

A periodontist is a specialist

The number-one reason to visit a periodontist in Indianapolis for your implant needs is simple: they’re specialists who have special training to ensure that your dental implant procedure is as effective, painless, and perfect as possible.

A periodontist is trained in working with gums and bones – the two parts of your mouth that interact with the implant and determine whether or not the process is a success. Periodontists receive special training that helps them deal directly with implants, both before and after you receive them.

Some of that training includes:

  • Clearing away infection from the implant site. This is an especially important step. One of the biggest risk factors in dental implants is that of infection. If an implant site becomes infected, it can be extremely painful for the patient. Periodontists know how to properly treat periodontal disease in preparation for an implant procedure.
  • Monitoring of the implant site. The other part of their training that makes periodontists the top choice if you’re considering dental implants is that they know exactly what to watch for in the implant site immediately following the procedure. They’re keyed in on warning signs of infection, possible issues with the implants themselves, and whether or not the implants have successfully integrated.

At the end of the day, it makes sense to go with the doctor who has completed the most training for the procedure you’re undergoing. You wouldn’t want a brain surgeon working on your heart, and that same logic applies to dental implants. Years of experience, training, and schooling make periodontists the absolute best choice for those considering dental implants.

If you’re not sure if your gum disease has progressed to the point where implants should be considered, you can consult with your regular dentist or get in touch with Dr. Edwards, your local Indianapolis periodontist, for a consultation.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Woman with chin on handsIf you are missing one or more teeth, you have several options to consider to replace them. For a small number of missing teeth, a bridge or partial denture is a viable option; for a whole row, traditional dentures have long been the norm. But at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer the most recent and beneficial option: dental implants. Dental implants have several major advantages over all other replacement teeth, and for your health, appearance, and comfort, we recommend them highly.

Support your bone

When teeth are lost, the bone in the area begins to weaken and subside, even if it was previously healthy. This is due to a lack of stimulation from the use of the tooth. Most tooth replacements sit on top of the gums, meaning that they don’t reach down to stimulate the bone. But implants are inserted directly into the jaw, encouraging bone growth and maintenance.

Look like new

Great advances have recently been made in the appearance of all tooth replacements. Where once metal fixtures were the norm, most dental prosthetics are nearly invisible. But even now, dental implants are the most natural-looking option. Dental implants involve no visible metal, and the way they interact with your gums is as close as possible to the original structure of your mouth.

Feel secure

Even before you have lost teeth, your ability to chew and bite may be compromised by weakened bone that causes loose, shifting teeth. With most replacement teeth, this continues; bridges and dentures are nowhere near as steady as natural teeth supported by healthy bone. But implants provide the same solid strength as healthy teeth, increasing your confidence in your bite. Even without single-tooth implants, bridges and dentures which use implants as their foundation are far more reliable than other versions.

Save money over time

While dental implants require a larger investment up front, this is a one-time cost for a prosthetic which, with proper care, will last your entire life. Not so with dentures and bridges, which wear out and break over time. The normal lifespan of these appliances means they will have to be replaced, possibly several times—costs which add up over a lifetime, leaving dental implants as the less expensive option in the end.

For dental implants near Indianapolis, there is no better choice than Dr. Edwards, your implant dentist in Fishers. Call today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.

Gum Disease Treatment in Fishers

Man LaughingGum disease is a major threat to your teeth and to your overall health. Not only does untreated gum disease lead to tooth loss, but many major diseases have been linked to periodontal infection. It is essential to seek treatment—and the sooner the better, because it is the nature of gum disease to progress over time, leading to worse symptoms and a more difficult recovery the longer it lasts. If you put off seeking gum disease treatment, it will develop into a much bigger problem.


The early signs

Gum disease starts with gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. You may notice that your gums are red, that they become more sensitive, and that they bleed easily when you brush and floss. Gingivitis can often be corrected at home by refocusing on your daily oral hygiene regimen, brushing and flossing more carefully with particular attention to the area just below the gumline.

A haven for bacteria

If gingivitis is not corrected, you will begin to develop periodontal pockets. Although it is normal in a healthy mouth to have a shallow pocket between your tooth and your gum, periodontal disease deepens that pocket dramatically, allowing bacteria space to grow right against the surface of your tooth. This leads to the development of tartar on the tooth surface, which in turn irritates the gum tissue and causes the periodontal pocket to grow even deeper. Once these pockets begin to form, their existence is a vicious cycle which can only be ended with professional periodontal treatment. As the premier periodontists in Fishers and Indianapolis, Dr. Edwards is pleased to offer periodontal cleanings and pocket reduction surgery to correct periodontal pockets.

Major deterioration

If periodontal pockets are left unchecked, the bone near the site of infection will begin to deteriorate, causing your teeth to loosen in their sockets. You may notice shifting of the teeth, in addition to the soreness of your gums. Your teeth will eventually be lost when the bone and gum tissue are no longer sufficient to support them. Fortunately, up to that point, it is usually possible to save your teeth through guided bone regeneration, which encourages bone regrowth by blocking off the area from faster-growing soft tissue.

At the worst, when teeth are lost, they can be replaced with dental implants. But each of these procedures is more expensive and invasive than the last. Where possible, you should address periodontal disease before it grows any worse. For more information on the treatments available, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edwards, call our office or contact us online.

Treating Gum Recession with Laser Periodontal Therapy

iStock_000017075835X compressedMany people are aware of the vast benefits of brushing teeth regularly. The teeth are kept strong and healthy by good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits. But what many people might not be aware of is the great importance of caring for the gums. Good brushing and flossing help keep the gums strong and resistant to the build-up of damaging bacteria. At regular dental check-ups, the teeth are cleaned beneath the gum line, eliminating bacteria in places you can’t reach on your own.

When the gums aren’t cared for in this way, they can become infected and inflamed. If the infection progresses, it can lead to gum disease, which affects not only the gum tissue, but the bone supporting the teeth beneath the gums as well. Gum disease, or periodontitis, can have devastating effects on one’s quality of life. Its diagnosis can lead to mental and financial distress. Often, its correction can be complicated and expensive. However, Dr. Edwards is here to help! We are revolutionizing the way gum disease is treated.

Using the latest technology in laser periodontal therapy, Dr. Edwards offers a new, effective treatment for gum disease. Gone are the days when incisions and stitches were required to treat periodontitis. With the break-through LANAP procedure, you can be back to regular life in very little time. It is minimally invasive, and treats the gum tissue in a way that encourages the re-growth of your own natural tissue, so that you can heal the way your body was made to heal.

The LANAP laser is selective to the gum tissue that needs correction, so that no other tissues will be damaged during your procedure. The harmful bacteria are gently eliminated, leaving behind your own healthy bone and gum tissue. Without the need of sutures in order to heal, you will find that the recovery time is exceptionally fast.

If you are nervous about your visit, ask us about our sedation dentistry options. We can help you to feel calm and relaxed during your procedure, ensuring that you have a great experience and recovery!

When your regular dental care is no longer enough, come and visit us at Indy Implants. Dr. Edwards is a qualified periodontist who is fully experienced and accredited in the use of LANAP laser periodontal therapy. He can have your smile restored to its natural beauty in as little as two or three visits! Don’t wait any longer. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today and ask whether the LANAP procedure is right for you.

Rejuvenate Your Receding Gums

Close-up portrait of an African American woman smiling over colored backgroundIf you are suffering from gum recession, Dr. Edwards has a groundbreaking procedure that fixes the problem and looks fantastic right away. Pinhole Surgical Technique or “Lunchtime Gum Graft” is an innovative procedure that is noninvasive, which means that there is no surgery, no cutting or stitches and has little to no pain. Dr. Edwards was the first physician in Indiana to be trained in the Pinhole Surgical Technique and has the most experience with this procedure.  

Receding gums can expose the root of the tooth causing pain, sensitivity and can eventually lead to tooth loss. The part of the tooth that is exposed is not as hard as the enamel on the rest of the tooth. This exposed part of the tooth allows cavities to develop and progress at a faster pace. Gum recession can also cause gaps or pockets between your teeth and your gums, which makes it easier for bacteria to build up and cause infections. Another painful result of gum recession is increased sensitivity. Pain may be felt with hot or cold drinks touch your exposed teeth and gums and even in colder weather. It can be hard to notice gum recession as it may happen over time. If you notice that your teeth are longer than usual you might have gum recession. There are several things that cause gum recession such as brushing too hard, periodontal disease, not using a soft bristle brush.

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation covers the metal that may be showing from crowns or bridges. It will thicken gum tissue, reduce sensitivity, prevent future gum loss, cover exposed roots and improve your smile. After a short procedure you will see the difference instantly and be able to recover with no downtime and very little to no pain!

Dr. Edwards will create a tiny hole in your gum using a needle. Special instruments are inserted through the hole to loosen and reposition your gums to cover the area of the teeth that was exposed. The pinhole will heal completely, in most people, within 24 hours. We are usually able to correct all your gums in one treatment, rather than one or two teeth at a time like traditional gum graft surgery. With this procedure there is less pain, less recovery time and instant results.

Contact us at Indy Implants today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edwards and smile again with Pinhole Surgical Rejuvenation!


What is Ridge Augmentation?

shutterstock_111927455If you are experiencing bone loss in your upper or lower jaw, it may be beneficial for you to discover whether ridge augmentation is right for you.

Bone Loss
What is bone loss? Bone loss is the degradation or break down of bone tissue. In a dental context, it refers to the bones which support the teeth, namely the mandible (or lower jaw) and maxilla (or upper jaw). Bone loss occurs for many reasons, including periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), the usage of dentures, genetic or developmental defects, injury or trauma. Whatever the reason, the lack of strong supporting bone tissue makes it difficult for teeth or implants to attach. This can result in an unattractive indent near the jaw line where there are missing teeth. Loss of bone density can be difficult to clean and maintain, leaving you at a higher risk for infection and further complications.

Ridge Augmentation
Ridge augmentation is a procedure which fortifies and stabilized the existing bone tissue. During this procedure, a local anesthetic is administered. The gums are gently cut and lifted away, revealing the area with the damaged bone. The defect is then filled with bone tissue, or synthetic bone substitute materials to rebuild and fill in the ridge. The incision is then closed and the gum tissue is sutured in place to allow healing to occur.
Once this procedure is performed, there is usually a period of about 12 months for bone tissue to develop before implants can be placed, but in some cases, implants can be placed at the same time that the ridge is modified.

Ridge augmentation improves both the appearance and strength of bone so that teeth can be restored to their full ability and beauty. With strong supporting bones, the teeth can once again be effective and attractive so that you can maintain your regular eating habits, and re-establish confidence in your uniquely beautiful smile. Don’t let bone loss prevent you from having the strong teeth and great smile you deserve. With this procedure, your overall quality of life can be greatly improved, as you enjoy the benefits of lasting professional dental care.

Dr. Edwards, in the Fishers and Indianapolis area specializes in many periodontal procedures, including ridge augmentation, and has the qualification and experience necessary to ensure that your bones and teeth are well taken care of. Our staff is confident that we can have you enjoying your strong, healthy teeth soon. Give us a call or request an appointment online today!

Poor Dental Habits Affect More Than Your Teeth

iStock_000009903041_FullYou might think that your dental habits affect your personal appearance more than anything else, but the health of your smile can be a big indicator of your heart health. Recent studies have shown that people who have poor oral health are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes, and suffer from cardiovascular disease. There has even been research that has discovered a direct link between clogged arteries in the legs and gum disease. The simple truth is that your dental health is important for your heart.

Periodontal Disease Causes Inflammation
Although the direct cause of heart issues tied to gum disease is still under investigation, many researchers suspect that it is due to inflammation. When you develop gum disease, your levels of a certain C-reactive protein, also called CRP, rises to dangerous levels. This results in whole-body inflammation, which can increase your risk of having a heart attack. In fact, CRP levels are commonly measured to gauge a person’s general heart attack risk.

The Bacterial Link
Other researchers have worked on comparing the types of bacteria found in the mouth to the bacteria found in the arteries of people who suffer from cardiovascular disease. Because bacteria can spread throughout your body when you have dental abscesses or gum disease, these types of bacteria have been found within the blood vessels that are experiencing athlerosclerosis.

Decrease Your Risk
You might be able to decrease your risk factor for heart problems by doing something as simple as taking care of your teeth. Here are a few recommendations that might keep your mouth healthy:

• Brush and Floss Daily: To ward off periodontal disease, don’t give plaque the chance to collect along your gum line. Brush twice a day, and floss to keep pockets of infection from forming close to your gums. As you brush and floss, pay close attention to the way your teeth and gums feel, so that you can spot early signs of trouble.
• Visit The Dentist Regularly: Preventive care is about more than keeping your teeth white and pretty. Regular dental checkups can also help you to clean away plaque and tartar deposits, which can prevent periodontal disease. Also, since gum disease can be reversed if treatment is started early, your dentist might be able to help you to turn things around if you are experiencing problems.

To prevent gum disease and heart problems, take the time to understand the facts and perfect or oral hygiene regimen. If you have questions about either of these topics, please call or request an appointment online to discuss them with Dr. Edwards.


If you are missing teeth or find that you need to replace your existing teeth, you may have thought that dentures were your only option. Dentures are a good solution for some, but certainly not the best method for everyone. Since dentures are only secured by an adhesive, they can be uncomfortable and unstable. They can be limiting in what you can eat and can look less discreet than people prefer. They require a level of maintenance that can be inconvenient and time consuming.

If dentures are not for you, you should ask Dr. Edwards about our Teeth-In-A-Day program. Teeth-In-A-Day is a bar-attachment denture procedure that is an affordable solution to dentures. Using the latest technology in synthetic dental replacement, a bridge is created and permanently secured to your jaw. They closely resemble your natural teeth in a way that is not only discreet, but attractive and easy to maintain.

As the name suggests, you can begin to enjoy your new teeth after just one day! At the first visit, Dr. Edwards will fit you with a temporary set of teeth, which will allow you to heal from the procedure and resume your normal activities. At a follow-up visit, the temporary teeth are replaced with permanent teeth that are strong and beautiful.He's as bright as his future

Traditional dental implants require an implantation at the site of each individual tooth. This can be not only time consuming, but expensive. Recovery can be lengthy, and there is a higher risk of infection. But with Teeth-In-A-Day, there are only four or six implants for each jaw. This lowers the cost as well as the time frame, and decreases the risk of infection as well. Dr. Edwards is one of a few specialists in the area to offer this break-through technology to his patients.

This method has been scientifically proven and used successfully for many years. A number of our own patients have enjoyed the benefits of Teeth-In-A-Day, without having to compromise care or unnecessary expense.  The staff here at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics is well qualified and experienced in many types of dental surgery. From gums to bone tissue, we have what it takes to make your experience comfortable and affordable. You will enjoy long-lasting results that will improve your eating enjoyment, attractiveness and overall quality of life.

If you have any questions about this procedure, or any of the other comprehensive procedures we offer, visit our website, or give us a call to request a consultation with Dr. Edwards. We would love to hear from you and see how we can improve your smile!

What are Dental Implants?

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Unlike a full or partial denture that will only be connected at the gum with a glue-like adhesive, a dental implant is a replacement for one or more missing teeth which is actually placed into your jaw and acts like the root of a tooth. It is made from medical grade titanium that, once healed, will have a dental crown inserted on top to act as the new chewing surface and appear like a natural tooth. Once all of the pieces are in place, you will be able to eat normally, and have a beaming smile that is permanent!

If you have ever dealt with any type of denture, you will understand the frustration of having to put a denture in, dealing with food fragments getting in between the denture and gum, taking it out, and cleaning it nightly. With a dental implant you no longer have to deal with any of those issues along with the embarrassment if your denture accidentally pops out during the day.

This technology has been in dentistry for a long time, and with all of those years there have been better techniques and methods to have them inserted. And as mentioned above, if you have an interest in getting dental implants in Indianapolis then going to a periodontist is the best option to ensure proper installation. Dr. Edwards has spent extra years specializing in periodontics which allows them to be able to understand dental implants more, and better methods of installation. Additionally, Dr. Edwards has gained extra certifications to install multiple implant systems and IV sedation.

If there are any additional questions or concerns that you might have, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Edwards and see if dental implants are an option you want to consider. We look forward to you visiting our office and talking with our doctors and staff.

Welcome to Implant Dentistry and Periodontics

We are so pleased to be able to welcome you to our new blog! Here we’ll be posting resources, information, and recommendations to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, to know what to do when they aren’t, and to help you familiarize yourself with your options.

06-10-15 IndyImplants-177. compressedjpgAt Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we pride ourselves on our conservative approach to treatments. Our first choice is always to preserve and restore your natural teeth and supporting structures using both surgical and non-invasive procedures, including periodontal cleanings and laser periodontal therapy. As Indiana’s premier periodontist, Dr. Edwards specializes in the treatment of gum disease and is dedicated to ensuring your gums are healthy and disease-free.

Dr. Edwards also specializes in the placement of dental implants when preserving your original teeth is not possible. Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth which look and function like the real thing. They consist of a metal post rooted in your jaw, an abutment which protrudes above your gum line, and one or more artificial teeth which fasten to the abutment and completely hide the metal fixtures, restoring the appearance of a full, natural smile. Installing a dental implant is a process which can take months, but Dr. Edwards is generally able to install temporary replacements on the day of your implant procedure. Dental implants are the best way to return your teeth to full function, and Dr. Edwards is an expert in placing and maintaining implants.

We understand that some of our patients may be in difficult financial situations, and we are always willing to work with you to find a payment option that fits your circumstances. What’s most important is that you get the treatment that you need. You don’t need a referral from a dentist to come to our practice; if you are experiencing periodontal problems or tooth loss, we can help you directly.

We hope that our website and blog will help you learn about and maintain your dental health. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about our practice. To schedule an appointment, call our office or use our online appointment request form. Good luck, and keep smiling!