Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis, develops once excessive bacteria starts to accumulate within the mouth. If not promptly treated, it can eventually lead to more detrimental problems with the surrounding gum tissue, as well as result in tooth loss.

The Stages of Gum Disease


It is important to keep in mind that periodontitis is a progressive disease. In the initial stages, gingivitis will develop and plaque will cause inflammation to the gums, inducing bleeding when the teeth are brushed. However, at this stage, no irreversible damage has occurred.

If the gingivitis is not treated immediately, it will inevitably and progressively become periodontitis. When this occurs, the inner layer of the gums and bone structure of the jaw begin to recede from the surrounding teeth. When this happens, pockets form accumulating debris, ultimately increasing the risk for infection exponentially. This infection will continue to worsen, if not treated promptly, and begin to extend past the gum line.

Understanding the LANAP® Procedure

 When gum disease in Atlanta, GA develops, one beneficial way to treat it is by utilizing the LANAP® procedure. This procedure is beneficial because the laser can distinguish between the diseased tissue and the healthy tissue within the mouth, which ultimately results in less pain and discomfort for the patient. When this procedure is performed, the following steps are taken:

 ·         The infected pockets near the gum line are measured.
 ·         A laser is applied to the infected gums in order to eradicate the bacteria.
 ·         Any remaining calculus on the teeth is removed. During this stage of the process, ultra-sonic scalers will likely be utilized.
 ·         A clot is created with the laser and the gum tissue is compressed.
 ·         The teeth near the infected gums are adjusted, in order to ensure that a considerable amount of trauma has not occurred.

If you would like to inquire about more information regarding ideal candidacy for this procedure, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregg Codelli. You can reach our office by calling (678) 389-7604.