Until recently the only periodontal therapy available was deep cleanings and in more advances cases, surgery. More recently, antibiotics were added to kill the bacteria.
Such treatment made a lasting impression on those who went through it. However, the periodontal disease often can back again, creating the belief that the disease can never be "cured".
The good news is that with the advance of laser gum surgery and gum treatment, and our understanding of the disease, laser periodontal treatment can be accomplished painlessly, quickly, and with your cooperation, can be kept in remission.