Gum disease is a pernicious condition that affects millions of people in the United States every year. In fact, the CDC estimates that nearly half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. In the early stages, gum disease might just be a nuisance, but if you allow it to progress, it can seriously threaten your oral health. At Lake Park Dental, we can help you fight off gum disease in Lutz with some of the most advanced methods in the industry.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the gum tissue caused by a buildup of bacteria around the gum line that surrounds the teeth. This disease is characterized by swelling of the gum tissue and frequent bleeding caused by light abrasions such as brushing your teeth.
Treatment for gum disease will always depend on the severity of the condition. Traditionally, the most advanced cases were treated through scaling a root planing, a procedure that required pulling back the gum tissue and scrapping away the bacterial buildup causing the infection. Modern dental technology now enables us to treat gum disease with a laser.
Laser gum therapy involves using a laser to access the infected area and remove the inflamed tissue. This causes less bleeding, eliminates the need for stitching, and saves the gum tissue around the teeth that is often lost during scaling and root planing.