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Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease(a.k.a. Gum & Bone Disease)

Periodontal Disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection in the gums and bones supporting your teeth. These infections can cause inflammation, tooth loss, and bone damage. Other factors affecting the health of your gums and bone are: smoking and other tobacco use, grinding and clenching your teeth, stress, “bad genes”, pregnancy, poor nutrition or diet, medications, and DIABETES. Unfortunately, the earlier stages of periodontal disease may not cause symptoms, that you would recognize, and you may not seek needed treatment. By the time you notice bleeding, swelling, mouth odor, and loose teeth, the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.

We now know that the same organisms that cause the periodontal disease can enter the blood stream via the blood vessels around your teeth and cause systemic problems. Your body’s immune system inflammatory reaction to the periodontal infection can itself cause major health problems.

People with periodontal disease are at much greater risk to have arteriosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, preterm childbirth, low birth weight babies, kidney disease, lung disease, some cancers, osteoporosis, ulcers, and arthritis according to the latest research. We are finding that many of the conditions that are called “Auto-immune” diseases actually start as periodontal infections in your mouth. 

With respect to pregnancy, if an oral infection is diagnosed at any time during the pregnancy, it should be treated as soon as possible. Periodontal infections are the most common of dental problems and many times not recognized by the mothers-to-be.

Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Your gums can bleed when brushing and flossing, and become red and puffy or swollen at the edges. As the disease progresses to advanced stages, abscesses can develop, teeth get loose, and can fall out, or need to be extracted by a dentist. It is also the major cause of BAD BREATH and bad taste in your mouth.

Our Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Grussenmeyer believes in non-surgical periodontal therapy, performed without having to be numbed, thanks to our Piezo Ultrasonic System.....there are no sharp edges to cause pain or scrape away tooth structure as the common methods and systems do.


When some surgery is necessary, going to a periodontist for open flap surgery is becoming a thing of the past. With the advent of lasers made specifically for gum disease treatment, we can now non-invasively treat the diseased pocket areas, saving root surfaces, limiting or eliminating the tooth sensitivity of the old techniques, speed up the healing process, and even cause new bone to regenerate in the treated areas.



What is the best laser treatment for moderate to severe gum disease sites?

The Fotona TwinLight (patented) Periodontal Treatment (TPT) via the LightWalker ATS Laser that Dr. Grussenmeyer performs is in the top class by itself.  It is a comprehensive and minimally invasive periodontal therapy incorporating the two most effective laser wavelengths, the Er:YAG and Nd:YAG.  The TwinLight technique enables wavelength optimized treatments for periodontal therapies, creating optimal conditions for healing the affected tissues, preventing infections, and reducing pocket depths around individual teeth.

How is the TwinLight surgical procedure performed by Dr. Grussenmeyer? 

Step 1: The Nd:YAG laser is used to remove the diseased linings of your gum disease pockets and improve access to the root surfaces.

Step 2: The Er:YAG laser is used to thoroughly remove the germ biofilm and calculus (used to be called tartar) from the root surfaces.

Step 3: Dr. Grussenmeyer again uses the Nd:YAG laser energy to coagulate and form stable fibrin clots in the surgery sites.

This combination of two wavelengths for treatment promotes healing and re-attachment of the gum tissues to the root like no other technique.  Each wavelength performs its own duty.  The Nd:YAG part of the laser is superior for deep disinfection and coagulation, while the Er:YAG part of the laser is uniquely efficient at gently removing infected root surface tissue and calculus.  Maximum safety and efficacy is guarranteed via this technique.  Bone regeneration has been observed after performing this technique.  

Did you notice there was no mention of scalpels or stiches in the technique description?


What other kinds of periodontal procedures can Dr. Grussenmeyer do with the Fotona LightWalker ATS Laser? 

  • Gingival reshaping, especially after lengthy wearing of braces causing ugly gum growth
  • Removing gingival tattoos, sometimes forming around old silver amalgam filling sites
  • Lengthening the amount of visible tooth for placing crowns subsequent to large amount of tooth destruction
  • Removal of natural dark gum pigmentation which may show when you smile
  • Removal of hemangiomas and other unsightly growths in the smile area


Anyone, who has exhibited gum disease should receive continuing care therapy every 3 months after your initial treatments. The reason for this is that it takes about 3 months for infection to restart and progress down through the gum pockets to re-infect the bone. You want to catch it before it gets that far again. Ideally, everyone should be seen at 3 month intervals to assess and treat as needed because no matter how good you are, due to the shapes of individual teeth, it is virtually impossible for anyone to do a 100% thorough job. Our dental hygienist can access these areas to clean them and treat them anti-microbially and mechanically as needed.

In between evaluations and treatment it is all up to you. The name of the game is: HOME CARE. We will help. Our people are teacher/nurturers and we don’t give up.