Having a bright and healthy smile takes consistent care, but we can assure you that it’s well worth the time investment. It’s likely that you’ve heard the phrase, “brush your teeth twice a day and make sure to floss,” countless times in your life. While it can get bothersome to continuously be told how to take good care of your oral health, there can be painful outcomes from avoiding a stable hygienic routine.
Working towards having healthy gums is probably not something you think about on a daily basis. However, while it may not be regularly emphasized to you, maintaining healthy gums is an important aspect of your overall wellness. Having strong gums is essential to having a healthy smile and will also help you avoid unpleasant diseases and infections – such as periodontitis.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums that is caused by accumulated decay and bacteria around the bottom of your teeth. There are many steps you can take to avoid having infected gums, such as thoroughly brushing the area where your teeth meet your gums. However, sometimes the build-up of decay is unable to be removed with your toothbrush. This is where periodontal surgery comes in handy. Your bones and teeth can be noticeably damaged as periodontitis progresses. However, if it is treated effectively and early, the damage can be minimized or stopped.
Who is a Good Candidate?
If you have a severe infection or disease surrounding your gums, you are likely a candidate for periodontal surgery. Any signs of gum disease should be taken seriously and brought to your dentist’s attention as soon as possible. In order to spot signs of an infection, we’ve narrowed down the most common symptoms of gum disease which include:
- Pain when chewing
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Deep formed pockets between your teeth and gums
- Swollen, bleeding or red gums
Why do I Need it?
If you are experiencing the symptoms we listed above, following through with this procedure can:
- Help reshape the bones that support your teeth
- Help avoid any future gum damage
- Make cleaning your teeth a lot easier
- Remove excess bacteria from underneath your gums
How do I Prepare for the Surgery?
A few weeks prior to your periodontal procedure, it might be requested that you refrain from taking specific medications such as:
- Pain relievers
- Blood thinners
- Aspirin, Bayer, Bufferin
Additionally, our dentists may give you an antibiotic to lower any chances of developing an infection from the procedure.
It is important to be aware that it is also not advised to smoke or drink alcohol within 24 hours of your appointment. Be sure to arrange for a ride that can take you home once your surgery is complete. Due to sedation, anesthesia and other medications you will receive, it will not be safe for you drive post-surgery as it can affect your reaction times.
What Happens during the Surgery?
This procedure is extremely common and our dental staff works hard to make the comfort and safety of our clients our top priority.
Small cuts in the patient’s gums are made in order to lift a section of tissue back. We then remove any signs of bacteria and tartar from under the gums and under the tooth. In order for the tissue to fit back around the teeth, we firmly suture the gums. There are a few variations that can take place:
If the patient’s gum disease caused damage to the bone that surrounds the root of the tooth, it can be replaced with a graft. A bone graft is made from small parts of donated bone, synthetic bone or the patient’s bone. Completing this procedure allows for natural bone regrowth and also helps avoid tooth loss.
Soft tissue graft:
A graft can help restore lost tissue from the surgery. It is often created by removing a small piece of tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth or by using donor tissue. It is then attached to any areas where there is lack of tissue.
Guided tissue regeneration:
A small piece of material is placed in between the patient’s gum tissue and bone, which will allow their bone to regrow.
A special protein gel is applied to the root of the diseased tooth to encourage tissue growth.
What is the Recovery Process like?
The recovery process for periodontal surgery varies depending on your oral health, how severe your gum disease is and which type of procedure was done for you. Our oral health care professionals give our patients detailed instructions to follow for effective after-care.
It is normal to experience minor bleeding and mild discomfort after any type of dental surgery. Normal activities can be resumed 24 hours after, however, you should avoid smoking for as long as possible after having a periodontal procedure.
You may be given antibiotics or a mouth rinse to use at home. Keep in mind that it might be difficult to brush or floss in certain areas until your gums have healed. To avoid infections and inflammation, we recommend sticking to soft foods for 1-2 weeks after the procedure. Here are some examples:
- Scrambled eggs
- Ice cream, Jell-O
- Mashed potatoes
Why choose City Square Dental?
With years of experience under our belts, advanced technology, and incredible staff, we are confident that we can successfully guide you through the simple process of getting periodontal surgery. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that our clients are comfortable throughout all treatments.
Our knowledge extends to many other services and surgeries such as fillings, root canals, invisible braces, dental implants, and more. We promise that you will leave our office with a noticeably brighter and healthier smile.