Posted on 3/8/2021 by Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
If you are suffering from a gum infection, also known as a periodontal disease, your dentist may suggest surgery. Periodontal procedures can eliminate bacteria from your gums, clean your teeth thoroughly, reshape the bones surrounding your teeth, and prevent future gum infection.
Do You Need Gum Surgery?
Periodontal surgery may be required in case of serious infection around your gums or mouth tissues. Here are some tell-tale symptoms of gum disease:
Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
Deep pockets between your teeth and gums
Pain while chewing
What to Expect During Surgery
Around two weeks prior to your surgery, you may need to stop taking certain medicines, such as aspirin, pain relievers, and blood thinners. It is also advised to quit smoking or consuming alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours in advance.
The procedure will begin by a thorough cleaning of your teeth, after which an anesthetic will be applied to numb the region. In rare cases, a general anesthetic may also be required. Your periodontist may make tiny incisions along the gum line to lift the gums the infected tissue.
The surgeon may also carry out tooth scaling and root planning to eradicate plaque or bacteria below the gumline. This also smoothes rough parts of tooth root to prevent a reemergence of disease. Finally, the required procedure would be performed and your gums would be stitched back in place.
These stitches can either be dissolvable, or may need to get removed when you return for a follow-up visit after 7-10 days. Your periodontist may also attach a special surgical dressing, known as a periodontal pack, over the affected region.
Gum surgery is not painful as it is performed under anesthesia. However, you may experience mild pain after surgery, which can be handled using over-the-counter painkillers. If you feel pain or swelling in your gums, schedule an appointment with us at Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry by calling us at 508-996-3131 today.
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