What Causes Gum Disease?
A widespread cause of gum disease (periodontitis) is bacteria that invade the space between your teeth and gums. Bacteria growth leads to infections and weakens the structures, creating a pocket and making you more susceptible to additional bacterial infections, tooth decay, bone loss, and eventually, tooth loss.
The traditional method of treating gum disease involves using scalpels to remove diseased tissue and placing sutures to allow the area to heal. It is an effective method but can be uncomfortable for patients.
At Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry, LANAP laser treatment provides a simpler alternative for removing the same bacteria, eliminating the need for scalpels and sutures.