Preparing for Periodontal Surgery and Tips for a Quicker Recovery
People who have an advanced disease around their gums or the tissues supporting their teeth are candidates for periodontal surgery. The condition occurs when bacteria in your mouth cause your gums to get infection and inflammation. These bacteria thrive in an environment of compromising dental hygiene resulting in the formation of plaque and tartar.
The procedure will involve:
- Easing the cleaning of your teeth
- Preventing future damaging of gums
- The removal of bacteria under your gums
- Reshaping of the bones supporting your teeth
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Gums that appear swollen, red or bleeding
- Pain when chewing
- Gum recession
- Deep pockets of infection that form between your gums and teeth
In case you are experiencing these symptoms, visit Morrisburg Dental Care in Morrisburg, ON. We offer periodontal surgery to patients helping them restore their damaged gums and also prevent future damage.
For less advanced gum infection, the disease is treated using a more conservative treatment such as scaling and root planning, also known as deep cleaning.
Types of Periodontal Surgery
Our dentists in Morrisburg offer different types of surgical options which include:
- Bone Grafting. This is necessary in the case whereby the patient is experiencing bone degeneration as a result of advanced gum disease. In such cases, our dentist may use synthetic bone or small parts of your own bone to regrow your jawbone. This helps prevent tooth loss and also promote natural bone regrowth.
- Gum Graft Surgery. We perform this procedure for patients undergoing gum recession. The process involves donating tissue or removal of a piece from the roof of your mouth to attach to areas where tissue is missing or sparse. This helps prevent further damage also protects the tissue around your tooth roots.
- Flap Surgery. In this procedure, our dentist will make small cuts on your gums and lift a section of your tissue to clean under your gums and your tooth. Afterward, the dentist stitches the incisions allowing healing to commence.
- Guided Tissue Regeneration. In this case, our dentist in Morrisburg will place a small piece of mesh-like material between your bone and gum tissue. The material inhibits the growth of gum tissue into the affected jawbone area. This facilitates bone and connective tissue regrowth.
- Several weeks before the procedure, avoid taking medications such as blood thinners, aspirin, and pain relievers.
- Do not smoke or take alcohol 24 hours before surgery.
- To lower your chances of getting an infection, our dentist may give you an antibiotic to take before the procedure.
- During the procedure, you will receive medications that may affect your reaction time, making it risky for you to drive afterward. You are therefore advised to arrange for a pickup.
After any kind of dental surgery, it is normal to experience minor bleeding and discomfort. This is, however, nothing compared to the pain and discomfort you will experience if you don’t treat your gum infection quickly.
About a day after the procedure, you may be able to resume most normal activities. You may take the following steps to aid in your recovery process:
- Avoid brushing your teeth soon after the procedure. Our experts will let you know of a good mouthwash to use in the period before you are able to brush your teeth.
- Do not smoke. Avoid this habit for as long as possible since it may interfere with your body’s healing after the procedure.
- You are recommended to take soft foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, and cottage cheese after the surgery
Your recovery mainly depends on three major factors:
- The type of procedure you had
- How advanced was your infection?
- Your overall body health
In general, it is vital to maintain proper dental hygiene. Periodontists can have a negative effect on your life and also cause unbearable pain to the infected individual.
Periodontal surgery can help reduce the chances of tooth loss as well as further gum damage. The procedure has also been found to reduce the likelihood of developing other health problems such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
We encourage you to visit us at Morrisburg Dental Care to know if you require periodontal surgery or for further direction on how to improve your oral hygiene.