a minimally-invasive approach to gum disease

Using advanced laser technology to treat gum disease-
. . . comfortably!!

Dr. Ressler was one of the first gum specialists in South Florida to use laser to treat gum disease. His advanced laser system uses light and water to clean teeth, flush out toxins from under the gumline, and repair damaged tissue without cutting or stitching.

Dr. Ressler is a U PENN / NYU trained periodontist with over 20 years of experience. Find out how we can help you save your teeth!
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What is periodontal disease or gum disease?

Periodontal disease is a silent bacterial infection that destroys the gums and bone that support your teeth.

Gum disease signs and symptoms

Signs or symptoms of adult gum disease (periodontitis) could include any of the following:

  •  inflamed, bleeding, swollen gums
  •  tartar (calculus) under the gumline
  •  loose teeth
  •  shifting of teeth
  •  receding gums
  •  bad breath

Our dental laser produces high-energy water pulses that work in concert with state-of-the-art piezo cleaning instruments to loosen hardened bacterial accumulations on teeth roots, clear away harmful toxins, and help treat bleeding gums, periodontal bone loss, and gum disease.

Laser-energized water cleans teeth and flushes out debris from diseased gums

Laser gum treatment procedure

Steps to remove tartar and calculus from under the gumline and disinfect gum pockets:
  •  clean
  •  remove (calculus) under the gumline
  •  disinfect

But wouldn't I know if I had gum disease?

Gum disease affects over 80% of people in the United States. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss- it causes more teeth to be lost than dental decay. Most people are not even aware that they have gum disease, because there is usually no pain connected with it, unlike other dental problems.

Unfortunately, warning signs of serious gum disease usually only happen during flare-ups (acute infections / periodontal abscess), or in the later stages of the disease as teeth become loose, when it is often difficult or impossible to save your teeth.

So how is gum disease diagnosed?

Gum disease is diagnosed by dental x-rays and a periodontal examination. The illustration below shows the measuring probe with marks like a ruler gently inserted under the gum line to check for disease. Dr. Ressler reads your dental x-rays and gently examines your gums to measure periodontal pockets and look for signs of active gum disease, bone loss, and loosening of teeth.

Dr. Ressler is one of the few periodontists in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach to be trained in various minimally-invasive methods of treating gum disease. Patients who have been told they have gum problems should immediately consult with a periodontal gum specialist like Dr. Ressler, before the gum disease progresses and causes tissue destruction and loss of teeth.
Gum disease silently progresses to infection and tooth loss.

What is going on under the gumline?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, may begin with mild gum inflammation, or gingivitis, which may appear as slightly red, or swollen gums, that or bleeding gums, that are sometimes noticed during brushing or flossing. These bleeding or inflamed gums are often caused by the accumulation of disease-causing bacteria that live in the otherwise normal bacterial plaque that accumulates each day and night in our mouths and covers our teeth.

Bacteria, if not completely removed by perfect brushing and flossing, tends to solidify and create hardened tartar, also known as calculus which tends to form both above and below the gumline, forming periodontal pockets. This, in turn, may lead to breakdown of the collagen in the gum tissue itself, and the destruction of bone that support the teeth.

Loss of bone and gum tissue continues, often completely unnoticed by the patient, until loose teeth or gum abscess indicate that gum disease has progressed to the point of tooth loss, along with possible systemic medical harms that accompany the chronic inflammation aspect of untreated gum disease. Periodontal disease is often silent, and most patients are not aware that they are losing bone and teeth until an observant dentist performs a complete periodontal examination in which periodontal pockets are carefully measured and dental x-rays can be evaluated.

What happens without treatment?

In short, teeth get loose and fall out. Gingivitis (bleeding and inflammation in the gums) quietly progresses to periodontitis (the loss of bone around teeth). Calculus (tartar), a collection of hardened bacteria that sticks to the roots of teeth like barnacles on the side of a boat, continues to accumulate. Bacteria (and your body’s response to the bacterial toxins in your gums) causes the loss of bone around teeth.

Without treatment, dental bone loss and the break-down of infected gum tissue progresses until the teeth themselves become loose and infected, and either fall out or need to be removed by a dentist.
Deep pockets and bone loss causes teeth to silently loosen and fall out.
Gum inflammation leads to destruction of the bone that supports your teeth.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease and risks to your health.

Medical studies have linked untreated gum disease with increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease, likely caused by inflammation and its associated products circulating through the blood stream and in the lining of blood vessels, along with other serious health risks.

Pancreatic cancer may also be associated with gum disease (periodontitis). One study determined that certain types of bacterium connected to gum disease are linked to a 200% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Another study by the same authors found a heightened risk of pancreatic cancer (sixty-four percent higher) in men with a history of periodontal disease than men with no such history.

Diabetes and gum disease are strongly associated, with diabetics at a very high risk for developing periodontitis. Studies have also suggested that diabetics who appropriately treat their gum disease experience better glycemic control following periodontal treatment.
Gum disease link to heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer's

How laser gum treatment works.

Treatments for gum disease are aimed at removing calculus (tartar) and accumulations of bacteria from under the gum line. Early gum disease can often be treated with scaling and root planing which is deep cleaning under the gum line after using local anesthetic to numb the area. For patients with more moderate or advanced gum disease and bone loss, more advanced surgical treatments are often needed (in addition to scaling and root planing) to gain access to clean out deeper deposits of disease-causing calculus (tartar) and to make repairs to regenerate lost bone around the teeth. Recent advances in laser technology and laser gum surgery now permit the treatment of gum disease without cutting or stitching and with minimal discomfort following the procedure. Not all procedures are appropriate for all patients. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ressler, laser periodontist, to determine what type of gum treatment is best for you.

More comfortable - no cutting, no stitching - fast recovery.

Laser periodontal treatment is a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional periodontal surgery for the treatment of gum disease and bleeding gums without the need for cutting or stitching or the pain and discomfort associated with the older methods. After local anesthesia has been administered, the laser probe is inserted into the space between the teeth and gums, cleansing the periodontal pocket, killing disease-causing bacteria, and removing diseased tissue.

Another pass with a second type of laser with a higher wavelength breaks up calculus (tartar) adhering to the roots of the teeth and flushing out and irrigating the pockets with normal water. The roots are then further cleaned with a high frequency piezo-scaler, the latest technology in tooth cleaning instruments. Finally, one last pass of the laser is made to stabilize the clot to prevent bleeding, eliminate the need for sutures, and to facilitate healing, reattachment of gum tissue, and possible regeneration.

A new technique, TwinLight™ evolved from earlier methods of laser gum treatment. TwinLight™ utilizes the same laser type as other gum treatment protocols, but adds the use of a second type of laser (the Erbium Er:Yag) for a next-generation dual-wavelength laser therapy to treat periodontal disease. TwinLight™ incorporates some of the strengths of older laser gum treatment techniques, and improves on these methods through the use of a higher wavelength laser to remove harmful disease-causing tartar and calculus from the roots of teeth.

The aim of these gum treatments is simply to remove bacterial deposits from the roots of teeth, reduce bleeding gums, and stop the loss of supporting bone around your teeth.

Patients typically need only acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil), if any medication at all, for a few days following the laser gum surgery. Regular cleaning visits (periodontal maintenance) are necessary at three-month intervals following treatment.

Call Dr. Ressler, laser periodontist, to find out if you are a candidate for laser gum treatment, the traditional gum surgery alternative, today!

Gentle gum treatment by a specialist

Dr. Ressler is a periodontal gum specialist and a recognized expert in the treatment of gum disease. Laser gum surgical treatment is surprisingly comfortable and usually takes less than an hour. No incisions or stitching are usually required. Unlike traditional gum surgery, very little gum tissue is removed, the recovery is typically very easy, and it can help save your teeth.

Dr. Ressler is an experienced laser gum surgeon, and uses one of the most advanced, dual-wavelength dental lasers available in the world today.

Top causes of gum disease

  •  Genetics and heredity.
  •  Poor oral hygiene.
  •  Lack of professional dental cleaning.
  •  Bacterial infection.
  •  Crowded, misaligned teeth.
  •  Nighttime clenching or grinding habit.
  •  Poor-fitting dental work.

What to expect on your first visit

  •  A personal meeting with Dr. Ressler.
  •  An examination of your teeth and gums.
  •  Any needed dental x-rays will be taken.
  •  Treatment options will be reviewed.
  •  An estimate of costs will be provided.
  •  Have all your questions answered.
  •  Establish a plan to save your teeth.

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Did you know?

Dr. Ressler is both a periodontal surgical specialist and a recognized expert in the treatment of gum disease. Dr. Ressler offers highly effective treatments for early to advanced gum disease, periodontal bone loss around teeth, and gingivitis with bleeding gums, many of them minimally-invasive and performed in less than 30 minutes with little post-operative discomfort.

Laser gum treatment versus traditional gum surgery.


  •  No cutting of gum tissue required.
  •  No stitching or sutures used.
  •  Post-operative bleeding rare.
  •  Gum between teeth largely preserved.
  •  Less discomfort than traditional grafting!
  •  Little gum recession expected.
  •  Return to normal activities same day.


  •  Incision and removal of gum tissue.
  •  Multiple stitches or sutures placed.
  •  Post-operative bleeding common.
  •  Often leaves large spaces between teeth.
  •  Significant change in gum line.
  •  Roots of teeth left exposed
  •  More gradual return to normal activities.

Dr. Ressler is one of the leading dentists and periodontists for cosmetic dentistry, laser gum treatment, dental implants, smile makeovers, and Invisalign in the Boca-Delray-Boynton area with over 20 years of experience and training from the University of Pennsylvania (DMD) and New York University (Perio/Implants).

★★★★★   "5-star personalized and gentle dental care!”

Academic and Professional Credentials

Over 20 years of clinical experience in implant dentistry and periodontics

University of Pennsylvania
Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
Philadelphia, PA

Advanced studies in cosmetic dentistry

New York University
Periodontics/Dental Implantology

three-year specialist residency
New York City, NY

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About Dr. Ressler

"My staff and I genuinely care about our patients. I make treatment recommendations always thinking about what I would want for myself if I was the one sitting in their place. It is so important to me that my patients understand that I will work hard to help them, and do everying possible to save their teeth . . . "

— L.L. Ressler, D.M.D.

Lawrence L. Ressler, D.M.D.

Gum specialist - periodontist

Over 23 years experience as a gentle, caring, and trustworthy dentist.

Friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and experienced in advanced dentistry.

Lawrence L. Ressler, D.M.D. is a dental implant specialist, periodontal and gum disease expert, and a highly qualified reconstructive dentist with over twenty years of experience creating beautiful and healthy smiles.

Dr. Ressler earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his specialty certification in periodontics and dental implant surgery from New York University (NYU). He also earned degrees from Tulane University (B.A.) and Florida International University (B.S. and J.D.).

Dr. Ressler founded RESSLER DENTAL, a modern, state-of-the-art dental practice on Jog Road, serving the Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth area and offers the most advanced dental procedures and solutions available today. From beautiful CEREC ceramic dental crowns made in just a single visit with a digital camera scan, to laser gum treatments and “teeth in a day” computer-guided dental implant reconstructions,, Dr. Ressler focuses on deliving natural, life-like cosmetic dentistry for his patients.

Dr. Ressler is very friendly and personable, and prides himself in answering all of his patient’s questions. Dr. Ressler’s personal interests include tennis, spending time with his family, experimenting in the kitchen, and traveling. He is also an artist and musician, and enjoys drawing and painting as well as playing the piano.

Request an appointment online or call our office today for a consultation visit and find out how Dr. Ressler can help you get the smile you deserve.

University of Pennsylvania
Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
Philadelphia, PA

New York University
Periodontics/Dental Implantology
New York City, NY

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Our convenient office is located between Boca Raton and Delray Beach on Jog Road with easy access from Boynton Beach and Lake Worth via I-95 and the Turnpike (Atlantic Ave. exit). We are minutes away from almost everywhere in Palm Beach County.

People just like you are coming from from all over Palm Beach County and South Florida for treatment of gum disease with Dr. Ressler.

Our patients visit us from:

Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens.

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  • “I really like Dr. Ressler! He is kind, extremely informative, a perfectionist and has the latest technology at his office. I am extremely nervous about going to the dentist, but Dr. Ressler put me at ease immediately. His staff lovely! He recently made me a nightguard ( I grind my teeth) and replaced a crown that had tooth decay underneath. He even showed me the x-ray of what it looked like before and after he replaced the crown, so I could see the crown was sealed perfectly. Extremely satisfied. - A.G. ”
  • “I want to thank Dr. Ressler and his group for great dental care. Starting last May, he performed several deep cleanings and gum surgeries for me and was able to save my teeth, gums and smile from advanced periodontal disease. I wasn't the easiest of patients. The sound of drilling, and other equipment in my mouth is not pleasant and makes me very nervous. Dr. Ressler, as well as his team are all very gentle and were able to put me at ease during the procedures. Now I am consistently brushing and flossing and have my old smile back. I am very happy with my results. - H.R.”
  • “It didn't take me long to gain full confidence in Dr. Ressler. His knowledge regarding my condition became apparent during my first consultation, and his work was exemplary. Thank you so much! - B.S.”
  • “I can highly recommend Dr. Ressler. The results that I had from the Pinhole technique for gum recession that Dr. Ressler performed was amazing. His staff was very professional and extremely helpful when I encountered difficulties in getting mouth x-rays from another dental office. His office is immaculately clean and he takes great effort in maintaining sterile conditions. I give him and his office a five star plus rating. - P.W.”
  • “Dr. Ressler is an amazing dentist. I knew I was in great hands when he put the anesthesia, just flawless :-) the man has hands of gold! I am in love with my new crown engineered and done in a couple of hours, while at the temporary crown! The material and color that he used for my crown matches so well with the rest of my teeth. I also loved how friendly everyone was at his office. Immaculate work. I am smiling all day :-) - J.M.”
  • “Dr. Ressler is. wonderful dentist who happens to be a perfectionist - always satisfied with the results. Wonderful staff. - G.K.”
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