Does Periodontal Disease Treatment Hurt?

In the following video, Brent Bradford, DDS, discusses the minimal discomfort typically experienced during gum disease treatment.

If you’re considering treatment for periodontal disease, it’s understandable to be concerned about potential discomfort. Rest assured, we aim to make the procedure as pain-free as possible. If there’s any concern about discomfort, we can administer a local anesthetic to numb the area completely. For many patients, we apply what is known as a topical anesthetic—a cream that numbs the gums sufficiently to prevent any pain from the dental instruments.

After the treatment, it’s normal for the gums to feel a bit achy for a day or so, but this sensation is typically mild. In most cases, it’s so gentle that there’s no need for Tylenol or any other pain medication. Our goal is to ensure your comfort throughout your periodontal treatment.


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Dr. Brent Bradford

Dr. Brent A. Bradford welcomes you to his general and family dental practice located in the North Medical Center in Liverpool, New York. Dr. Bradford takes an interest in the impact that oral health can have on the overall health of his patients, in addition to helping them maintain or achieve a feeling of self-confidence related to their teeth and smile.

Dr. Bradford particularly enjoys helping patients in the areas of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. His aesthetic work includes bleaching, bonding and veneers. His restorative dentistry goes beyond crown and bridge work to include the innovative mini dental implants.

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