If nonsurgical treatments are unsuccessful, surgical treatments are effective and efficient in returning the individual to health. These treatments have the advantage of gaining better access to the periodontal infection and in creating an environment where the individual can effectively maintain health once it is restored. All treatments are done in the office, under local anesthetic. Remember, since your comfort is very important to us, we will do everything we can to keep you comfortable, both during and after the procedures. In most cases, patients leave the office and can still be functional the rest of the day. The following day they should be able to resume almost all normal activities.