Have you noticed that your gums are swollen and tender? Do your gums look redder than usual? Do your gums bleed easily, such as when you brush and floss? If so, you may suffer from periodontal disease. Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and other supporting tissues. In addition to causing the symptoms above, gum disease can also lead to a receding gum line, bone loss, and tooth loss if not treated properly. Furthermore, untreated periodontal disease may contribute to several serious health problems, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Lung and respiratory conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • Pregnancy complications and pre-term, low birth weight babies

In order to avoid these serious consequences, Dr. James D. Schuette provides quality periodontal care. We are pleased to provide laser gum treatment (LANAP®) to treat your smile comfortably and effectively. This helps to restore your oral health by removing bacteria, infection, and diseased tissues with minimal effect on the healthy tissues. LANAP laser gum therapy also minimizes risk of infection following your procedure and promotes faster healing. We may also recommend additional professional cleanings, deep cleanings called scaling and root planing, or antibiotic treatment.

We strongly encourage you to keep all your regular appointments with our dentist. We check you for signs of periodontal disease at each visit in order to diagnose and begin treatment as early as possible and prevent damage from occurring.

For more information on how we can treat gum disease in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, we invite you to contact our dentist by calling our office today.