From bleeding gums and discomfort to a decrease in your smile’s overall health and look, it is easy to see the negatives associated with gum disease. While it does affect millions of people each year, undergoing periodontal therapy is smart for your oral and physical health. Of course, treatment may seem overwhelming and involved, so understanding periodontal surgery is essential for healing your gum disease.
Periodontal surgery will require a form of sedation depending on your specific needs. Numbing the entire mouth with an anesthetic infection in the gums is common. However, a more involved sedation may be necessary if the periodontist needs to remove gum tissue or complete grafting. For most patients, a light sedative will be administered intravenously. During the surgery, your levels will be monitored, preventing any serious complications.
During the procedure, your periodontist will remove heavy buildup of plaque and tartar below the gum line. In addition, gum pockets are cleaned, removing harmful bacteria.
Damaged gum tissue may also need to be surgically removed, reducing the possibility of bacteria growth in pockets of tissue.
If your specific case of gum disease has damaged your gums and bone, periodontal therapy surgery will be more involved. Your periodontist will need to regenerate damaged bone using grafts, which must be surgically implanted.
You will experience swelling for up to 48 hours after periodontal surgery. To ease your discomfort, apply an ice pack to the side of your mouth for a few minutes. Avoid hot, chewy, or crunch foods after your procedure, so eat only foods that are cool, soft, and small. Gelatin, yogurt, eggs, and fish are great options for the first few days after your gum surgery.
To manage pain, your periodontist will prescribe a series of anti-inflammatory medications, which will decrease swelling, inflammation, and any underlying pain. In addition, a prescription antibiotic may be necessary to treat infections in the gums or teeth.
If you are suffering with a form of gum disease, call the office of Dr. Gonzalez to see how periodontal therapy can benefit your oral health.