What Is Periodontal Surgery: A Complete Guide

Whether you are looking for a new periodontist or simply trying to educate yourself before a procedure with your current surgeon, it can be helpful to brush up on what to expect. While many patients ask themselves “what is periodontal surgery?” before going in for a procedure, many don’t take the time to really learn the ins and outs of what surgery entails. Here are a few tips to go into your next appointment with a better idea of what’s involved.

Learn About Payment

Many patients are worried about, or have several questions concerning, the cost associated with their dental treatment. A good first step toward getting your questions answered is to give the periodontist’s front office a call. You will be able to ensure that they accept your insurance, get a good estimate of your out-of-pocket expenses. You might even be eligible for an extended payment plan.

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Provide a Complete Medical History

It’s a common misconception that if a medical condition doesn’t affect your mouth, it’s not worth disclosing to your dental specialist. However, there are plenty of non-tooth-related conditions that are important for your dentist to know about, including a history of diabetes or existing pregnancy, both of which can put you at higher risk for gum disease. You should also relay any allergies or sensitivities you may have, as well as current medications you are taking (both over-the-counter and prescribed), including lifestyle information like drinking and smoking. This can help the dental staff make the most informed decision regarding your course of treatment.

Don’t be Afraid of the Dentist

If you have ever had a cavity or root infection, you might not be too eager to make a dental appointment anytime soon. Unfortunately, the longer you wait between visits, the higher your chances of gum disease and other painful dental conditions. Many patients don’t realize that the pain associated with many common tooth and gum conditions can be quickly relieved with just one visit to a dentist or oral health specialist. A good provider should always take your concerns under consideration, and make sure to answer all your questions before starting any procedures.

Always Schedule Your Next Appointments

Don’t wait until you have a dental issue to schedule your next appointment. Be proactive. If you wait too long, your teeth and gums might already be susceptible to serious problems, and more at risk for developing cavities or infections. Once the gums become infected due to a build-up of plaque and tartar, you have a higher chance of developing gingivitis or more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Most of these severe conditions, however, can be prevented or reversed by following good oral hygiene practices and scheduling regular dental appointments.

If you’ve noticed signs of periodontal disease, gum infection, or cavities, don’t hesitate to contact Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology today. We won’t leave you wondering, “what is periodontal surgery, anyway?” Our staff will give you all the information you need to know about your dental health.