Novato, CA Dentist Explains Non-Surgical Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jul 9, 2013

As we learn more about the connection between gum disease and serious general health issues like heart disease, respiratory disease and stroke, effective treatment of periodontal disease has become a top priority. Unfortunately, many patients recognize the symptoms of gum disease but put off necessary treatment because they have experienced painful gum surgery in the past.

The exciting news is that you no longer have to fear this very important treatment for periodontal disease. Non-surgical periodontal treatment available at the Novato, CA Dentist office is comfortable and efficient, with no painful cutting of the gums.

Some typical symptoms of periodontal disease are:

  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Teeth that feel loose or appear longer than they normally do

Where can I obtain non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease?

Treating gum disease with lasers is a fairly new technology, and not all dentists are equipped to perform this type of non-invasive periodontal treatment. So we are pleased that we can offer non-surgical periodontal treatment here in our Novato, CA Dentist office. We will schedule a complimentary consultation so that we can give you a demonstration and explain how the laser works. After that we will take X-rays so we can make an accurate diagnosis of the extent of the infection.
What does non-surgical periodontal treatment involve?

Treatment begins when we numb the area with a local anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort. A tiny laser fiber is then inserted between the tooth and gum and is used to clear away infected tissue. This process is completed quickly and usually only takes two 2-hour sessions. We treat one half of your mouth during the first session and the other half of your mouth during the second session. There is so little discomfort involved that many patients are able to carry on with their day immediately after treatment.

It is important to note that periodontal disease can progress without any of the above symptoms. Regular examinations and cleanings by your dentist can identify potential problems before they become costly and difficult to treat.