Atlanta, GA Periodontist, Dr. Gregg R. Codelli, Brings Laser Gum Surgery to Atlanta to Remove Gum Disease and Reduce Stroke Risk

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Periodontal patients now have the option of reducing their risk of gum disease, which research has found can also be related to risk of stroke, through a new laser gum surgery. This procedure does not involve using a scalpel to cut the gums and successfully removes the disease while stimulating healing.

Dr. Gregg Codelli is a periodontist in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Gregg Codelli Brings Laser Gum Surgery to Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Gregg R. Codelli’s periodontal practice uses the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) to treat moderate to severe gum disease in patients, and this May, for Stroke Awareness Month, is highlighting medical research that indicates that individuals with gum disease have a higher risk of suffering a stroke. This laser gum surgery removes both damaged gum tissue and the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease. Recipients of this procedure show a significant improvement in their overall oral health.

Over 75 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease; typical symptoms include swollen and inflamed gums, halitosis, receding gum lines, and tooth loss. The symptoms related to early stages of gum disease are often mild to unnoticeable. Untreated gum disease will advance in noticeable symptoms as it progresses. Research supports the existence of a link between poor oral health and serious health risks such as diabetes, pancreatic cancer, and stroke. LANAP is the only FDA cleared laser gum disease surgery available to patients. Dr. Codelli is part of only one percent of dental professionals in the U.S. that are certified to use the procedure.

The relationship between poor oral health and increased risk of stroke is based on the harmful bacteria that fuel gum disease. Poor gum health creates a number of open wounds in the mouth, making it easier for harmful bacteria to get into the bloodstream. Diseased gums release higher levels of toxic pro-inflammatory bacterium. Once harmful bacteria enter the bloodstream they can travel to various organs in the body, including the heart. Pro-inflammatory bacteria commonly contribute to the development of chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation often creates scarring in the arteries and other blood vessels, leading to an increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

LANAP directly targets and eliminates the harmful bacteria related to gum disease. The laser removes damaged gum tissue and reattaches healthy tissue back to the root surface of a tooth. This laser gum surgery can save teeth that otherwise might have to be extracted and replaced with dental implants. This effective treatment may significantly reduce the risk of stroke and other serious health risks, and it provides significant improvement to oral health. More information may be found on Dr. Codelli's website.

About the Doctor

Greggg R. Codelli, DDS, PC is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for Atlanta, GA patients since 1988. Dr. Codelli attended Emory University in Atlanta, and he competed his degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He also received his specialty training in periodontics there. Dr. Codelli is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the only FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Dr. Codelli and his dental services visit his website at and call (678)-820-4191.

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