Patients who have problems with their gums commonly have periodontal disease. In fact, as patients age, they become more and more susceptible to periodontal disease. Lasers have revolutionized the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Patients that had been treated in the past with gum surgery and extractions can now be treated with laser energy. Periodontal disease is the progressive loss of gum tissue and bone as a result of inflammation caused by bacteria. This inflammation can also effect general and cardiovascular health. Dental lasers have been shown to reduce the amount of bacteria in the gums that cause this inflammation and bone loss. The laser also promotes reattachment of the gum tissue to the tooth (reducing the periodontal pocket). Best of all, it is virtually painless. Read more about the Rate of Periodontal Disease and more about Laser Periodontal Treatment.