Will it hurt?
You should feel little or no discomfort during the procedure. Your periodontist will use an anesthetic to numb the surgical area. There are many techniques available for relieving anxiety during surgery. You can speak to your periodontist about these options.
Following surgery, the affected area will be tender or sore. Swelling of the surgical area may occur. Your periodontist will probably prescribe a medication to relieve post-surgical discomfort. Antibiotics or antibacterial rinses also may be prescribed. If you take your medications as directed and follow your periodontistís instructions, you probably will experience only minor discomfort. Most patients resume their normal routines the day after surgery.
Will I be able to speak and eat normally after surgery?
You should be able to speak normally after the anesthetic has worn off. It is important to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet after surgery. You may need to avoid chewing some foods in the surgical area for a few days.
Following some types of periodontal surgery, the teeth may be more sensitive to hot and cold. This will diminish considerably during the first few weeks after surgery.
When will I need to return to my periodontist?
Usually patients return for post-surgical treatment in five to 10 days. At this time, it may be necessary to remove any stitches and cleanse the surgical area. Additional follow-up appointments may be required to evaluate your healing response and review proper oral hygiene procedures.
Will I ever need surgery again?
In most instances, you will not need surgery in the same area again. However, in certain cases, retreatment or additional surgery may be needed. As you have learned, you may be prone to periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases are chronic diseases that require constant and careful attention. Like other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, there is no cure. Periodontal surgery helps control disease and prevent further destruction to the gums and bone, thereby minimizing tooth loss.
What can I do to help control the disease?
Periodontal diseases can and will recur if you do not follow a strict program of supportive periodontal therapy. You play the major role in preventing further outbreaks of disease. Nothing will help you maintain the results of professional treatment better than daily removal of plaque by proper brushing, flossing and other cleaning methods recommended for you.
There are many benefits to safeguarding your periodontal health. By retaining your natural teeth, you can chew more comfortably and enjoy better digestion. You also keep a healthy smile that is a natural asset to your appearance. For feeling good and looking good, nothing works better than your natural teeth. When your efforts are combined with regular visits to your dentist and periodontist, you have an excellent change of keeping your teeth for a lifetime.
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