If you are scheduled to undergo periodontal surgery, it is important that you understand all aspects of the procedure from beginning to end, which is why your Easton PA dentist is here to help!
Preparing for Surgery
Prior to undergoing gum surgery, your dentist will perform a pre-operative examination to ensure that it is safe to proceed with the surgery. During this thorough exam, your dentist will likely review your medical history and perform an in-depth exam of the teeth, mouth, and jaw.
We’ll also check for infection, abscesses or any other lesions that might interfere with the healing process, as well as discuss all the risks and benefits that can come from the operation.
During Periodontal Surgery
Typically, gum surgeries take about 1 or 2 hours to complete and may or may not require the patient to be asleep. However, in many cases, the surgery will only involve the use of a local anesthetic to help numb the area of the gum that will be affected. If you have any issues regarding being awake during the surgery, it is a good idea to talk to your dentist and see what other solutions may be right for you.
During the surgery, your dentist will use equipment that has been sterilized, which helps to lower the risk of any possible infections. Then, he or she will make a small incision near the gum line and will lift the tissue away from the teeth. This will give them a better view of the tooth’s root so that they can clean away any tartar, plaque or infection. Once the cleaning is complete, your dentist may also perform other procedures such a bone regeneration or gum reshaping.
After the surgery is complete, the surgeon will stitch the gum tissue back in place and after about 7 to 10 days, they will be able to remove the stitches.
Recovering from Periodontal Surgery
Following your procedure, we’ll provide you with specific instructions for proper after-care. The time it takes to recover from the surgery will depend entirely on the extent of the procedure.
In most cases, patients will require mild pain relief medications for a few days following the surgery. This will all be discussed by your dentist before leaving the office. Some dentists may recommend using an antiseptic mouthwash to help keep the area clean. It is also a good idea to stick with only eating soft foods such as mash potatoes or soups, avoid any strenuous physical activity and avoid smoking until you have fully recovered.
Your dentist will likely schedule a checkup appointment 1 or 2 weeks after the procedure to ensure that you’re healing up properly.