Are There Non-Surgical Options for Treating Gum Disease?

Gum disease is something that commonly affects many people. If it’s caught early, you can get simple and conservative treatment. However, the longer it’s left untreated, the more intensive your treatment options are. Dr. Bradley Dean, a periodontist in Plano, TX, offers non-surgical gum disease treatments so that you can avoid major surgery.Plano, TX periodontist

Laser Dentistry

Utilizing the Waterlase dental laser, laser dentistry is a quality non-surgical solution for treating periodontal disease. It can repair gum tissue that’s diseased or damaged, helping you avoid invasive surgery. There are many, many benefits that come with using laser dentistry over traditional oral surgery methods using a scalpel.

A laser uses light energy to “cut” your gum tissue. It vaporizes the tissue and doesn’t interfere with your teeth, so it doesn’t cause any uncomfortable vibrations. The laser is also extremely precise. Treatment is exact so you can get the exact results you want.

Laser dentistry is one of the best forms of treatment for patients with dental anxiety. Noise and pain are two of the biggest factors that contribute to a fear of the dentist. A dental laser makes almost no noise when you compare it to a drill that a dentist would use. The laser is also virtually painless. Patients often don’t need to use anesthesia for procedures done with the Waterlase laser.

Due to the laser being light energy, it sterilizes your gums as it goes. This decreases the risk of infection after the procedure. It also means less bleeding and no need for sutures after the treatment. No cuts also mean less downtime after surgery. There’s less pain and swelling, and you don’t have to wait as long for things to fully heal.

The laser can also be used to remove tooth decay. Using the dental laser for this purpose helps regenerate bone growth in the area that’s been affected. Unlike drills and scalpels, there’s no danger of damaging anything adjacent to the area that’s being worked on, due to the precision.


Periscopy is a treatment that utilizes microscopic video technology. It can magnify up to 48 times what we see with the naked eye. It allows you to actually see the tooth root, improving techniques for procedures such as scaling and root planing.

This technology can also detect dental or periodontal issues in earlier stages, meaning you can have more conservative treatments. It can see deposits that cause the bleeding and inflammation of gum disease that otherwise wouldn’t have been discovered. It raises the overall standard of oral health care, enabling your periodontist in Plano, Texas to analyze your oral condition further.

Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment at Your Plano, Texas Periodontist

If you’re having issues with your gums, but are afraid of gum surgery, call us today or schedule an appointment online to get non-invasive treatment.