• Surgical Treatment

  • What is surgical treatment?

    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.

    We do our best to make the entire surgical process as pain and anxiety free as possible. Ask us about the anesthesia options we have available. Depending on your situation and level of discomfort, we will level you know what we think may be the best option for you. 

    Luckily, many insurance plans pay a portion of periodontal services. Your periodontal health is important, so give our friendly staff at Clifton Periodontics a call so that we may help you maximize your insurance benefits.

    How do I know if I need periodontal surgery?

    The only way to know if you need surgical treatment for your periodontal disease is if your periodontist has examined your mouth and decided that is the best option for you. 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.

    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.

    Keep in mind, surgery is only suggested when no other options will suffice. At Clifton Periodontics we like to treat periodontal disease in the least invasive ways possible. If nonsurgical treatments have not adequately reversed your periodontitis, then surgery may be the best option to prevent bone loss. 

    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 postoperative considerations you may have such as diet, exercise or follow-up medications may be discussed with us.

    We will provide you with instructions on how to best get back into your normal routine. Some foods and beverages should be avoided. Be sure to get plenty of sleep to help your body recover. 

    If you have any questions regarding your upcoming surgery or your healing process, please give us a call at (973) 471-5600. Your oral health is very important to us. Our periodontal team at {{banme}} wants to make sure you are on the road to the fastest and safest recovery possible!