You’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease, and your periodontist has recommended periodontal surgery. Like many patients, you may have some concerns. This page provides answers to questions frequently asked by patients diagnosed with periodontal disease. It's important for you to find answers to your questions before surgery, because knowing what lies ahead will enable you to actively participate in your health care decisions. You will be one step closer to a healthy mouth and a happy smile.
Why do I need Periodontal Surgery?
You need periodontal surgery because your dentist and periodontist have determined that the tissues around your teeth are unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment.
Will it hurt?
New treatment options using refined techniques can be performed comfortably as office procedures. Improvements in medications, local anesthesia, anxiety and pain control, and, in some cases conscious sedation, are available to make your treatment more pleasant and comfortable.
How long will it take to heal?
It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions. Patients generally can expect to enjoy their normal routine in a couple of days. Any special post-operative considerations you may have such as diet, exercise or follow-up medications may be discussed with Dr. Schlaikjer
Will insurance cover the surgery?
Many insurance plans pay a portion of periodontal services. Your periodontal health is important, so talk with our friendly staff so that we may help you maximize your insurance benefits.
In need of immediate care?
We provide consultation services call our office (314) 729-7840
Justin M. Schlaikjer DDS MS Periodontics and Implant Dentistry