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Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can lead to significant tooth and bone loss. It is an advanced form of gingivitis (gum disease). Periodontal disease is an infection in the gum and bone tissue. It is caused by bacteria and the build-up of plaque, tartar, calculus and even decay.

These irritants wreak havoc on the gum tissue and jaw bone, causing the gums to recede and deep pockets to form between the gum tissue and tooth. Bone loss leads to tooth loss and other complications.

Periodontal disease can be treated by non-surgical and surgical procedures. One treatment option that is available to almost all patients is a non-surgical procedure known as laser gum treatment. A laser is used to remove bacteria and other irritants from under the gum and around the tooth.

The laser only removes the irritants and diseased tissue, sterilizing the area and leaving healthy tissue alone.

The benefits to this type of treatment are that no surgery is needed, no incisions are made, and no sutures are needed. Healing time and tooth sensitivity are reduced compared to other forms of treatment.