Many patients have some concerns when periodontal surgery has been recommended. It’s important to find answers to questions patients frequently ask before surgery. Knowing what lies ahead will enable you to actively participate in your health care decisions.
Why is periodontal surgery necessary?
The gum and bone tissues around your teeth are unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment.
Will periodontal surgery hurt?
Several new treatment options using refined techniques can be performed as an in-office procedure. There have been improvements in local anesthesia, anxiety and pain control medications, and conscious sedation. A certified anesthetist can come into the office to provide dental sedation during the procedure if you wish.
How long will it take to heal?
Most patients resume their normal routine the following day. Please see “post-surgical instructions” for an instruction sheet given out after the procedure.
Will my surgery be covered by my insurance?
Most insurance carriers cover a portion of periodontal service. Please discuss insurance with the administrative staff in our office so that you are perfectly clear regarding your benefits. There are also various payment options.