Gum Treatment FAQ

When does gum surgery become necessary?

Identifying periodontal disease early is a key factor in avoiding gum surgery. Patients who are diagnosed with advanced gum disease, and who do not respond well to less-invasive treatments, may need to have gum surgery. Surgery is usually recommended when the areas of decay have spread deep and resulted in bone loss.

Is gum surgery painful?

With modern techniques and pain management, gum surgery can be a comfortable and even relaxing experience. Performed in Dr. Miller’s office, anesthesia and medication can help patients avoid feeling any pain during the procedure. Post-surgery pain medication can help alleviate discomfort during the healing process. Some patients may choose to have gum surgery performed with our sedation dentistry option.

Will my insurance cover gum treatment?

Many insurance companies will include periodontal treatment under coverage provisions. Check with your insurance company to find out if they cover gum disease treatment. Our financial specialists can help you create an affordable payment plan for your treatment.

What is maintenance therapy and will I need it?

Maintenance therapy is therapy performed to help periodontal patients maintain healthier teeth and gums after gum disease treatment. Dr. Miller will regularly check your oral health status and take measures to prevent recurrence of decay. Maintenance therapy includes a full mouth exam and physical removal of any plaque or calculus. For the best opportunity to avoid infection caused by gum disease, follow a maintenance therapy schedule recommended by Dr. Miller.

What are root scaling and planning?

During root scaling and planning, Dr. Miller will attempt to remove pockets of decay and harmful bacteria from tooth surfaces and gum tissue. Dr. Miller will use special tools to remove plaque from root surfaces and gums in order to prevent bacterial decay and further damage. Many times root scaling and planning are successful and help periodontal patients avoid gum surgery.