People with periodontitis, the most severe type of gum disease, may have damaged teeth and gum tissue even after treating the infection. Even though soft gum tissue has some naturally occurring regenerative properties, there is a limit to what your body can and cannot heal. New York periodontal surgery is necessary to help patients with gum recession, erosion, or missing gum tissue heal completely.
Your dentist will probably advise periodontal surgery if you have or have had periodontitis to heal any damage and lower your chance of developing recurrent gum disease in the future.
What is periodontal surgery?
Periodontal surgery is a type of oral surgery that concentrates on treating gum tissue. Thus periodontal surgery may also be referred to as gum surgery. Gum surgery has two objectives.
Firstly, periodontal surgery could be a part of your comprehensive periodontal therapy treatment strategy if your periodontitis is active. In this instance, the infected or damaged tissue will be removed, and exposed portions around the teeth will be healed.
The secondary goal of periodontal surgery is to repair the harm caused by periodontitis. For instance, your infection could be under control, but your gum tissue might have sustained long-term damage. In this instance, your dentist will concentrate on restoring the health of your gums and fixing typical problems, such as receding gum lines or damaged gum tissue.
How can I prepare for periodontal surgery?
Your dentist will do a thorough examination of your mouth, using digital X-rays and other imaging techniques, to help you become prepared for periodontal surgery. You and your doctor will review your medical history and treatment alternatives and decide which kind of surgery would produce the greatest outcomes.
Also, asking your dentist as many questions as you like or asking for extra reading materials can help you prepare for periodontal surgery. Your doctor may also advise finding a driver before your periodontal surgery so they can take you home afterward. In addition, stocking a large selection of soft meals in your refrigerator will aid your recovery from surgery.
What should I expect during the procedure?
The type of periodontal surgery you have significantly impacts what happens throughout your procedure. You will require a local anesthetic for minor surgery, and your procedure may last for one hour. You might need to be sedated if the surgery is more invasive, and the whole process could take two hours or more.
Before the procedure, your doctor will go through the “course of action” for your operation, such as how long it will take and what the procedure entails. If it makes you feel more at ease, you can even inquire about the specifics of the procedure.
Are there any complications after periodontal surgery?
There is always a chance for complications with any surgery, whether oral or not. Potential issues after periodontal surgery include infection, prolonged post-op bleeding, protracted swelling, hypersensitive gums or teeth, and infection.
However, periodontal surgery is typically regarded as low-risk and has a high success rate. Your dentist will try their best to ensure your treatment is successful, starting with your first consultation and continuing through post-surgery follow-up sessions.
Call Daniel Wank, DDS, to book your appointment for periodontal surgery.