Your Visit to Our Offices

On your first visit to our office, please bring the following with you:

Please also be sure to bring:

  • Insurance Card
  • Drivers' License or photo identification

Dr. Marty Nager, a Board Certified Periodontist, demonstrates what occurs during a consultation with a periodontist and explanation of periodontal (gum) disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontal Procedures

Will it Hurt?

You will feel no discomfort during the procedure. We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you are concerned or anxious about the procedure, you should know that there are many techniques available for relieving anxiety during surgery. Just ask us and we will be happy to discuss these options with you. Following surgery, the affected area may be tender or sore. Minor swelling may occur. We generally prescribe a non-narcotic pain medication that does not interfere with your ability to drive yourself home. We generally have you take this medication while you are in the office so that by the time the novocaine wears off, the medication has already started working. Antibiotics or antibacterial rinses may also be prescribed. If you take your medications as directed and follow post-operative instructions, you will probably only experience minor discomfort. Most patients resume their normal routines the day after treatment.

Will I Be Able to Speak and Eat Normally?

You should be able to speak normally after the local anesthetic wears off. It is important to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet after treatment. Do not chew on the side where surgery is done for at least two weeks. You should also try to avoid smoking and minimize drinking alcoholic beverages during this time. Following some types of periodontal treatment, the teeth may be more sensitive to hot and cold. This will diminish considerably during the first few weeks.

When Will I Need to Return?

Usually, patients return for a check-up in 7 to 14 days. At this time, it may be necessary to remove the dressing (the stitches usually dissolve themselves) and cleanse the area. Additional follow-up appointments may be required to evaluate your healing response and review proper oral hygiene procedures.

Any Other Questions?

If there is anything we can do to make you more comfortable before, during, or after the procedure, please do not hesitate to ask the doctor or any of our staff.