There is also an array of surgical techniques that can benefit patients with severe gum disease. These include flap surgery, gingivectomy, and gingivoplasty.
If scaling and root planing has failed to treat your infection successfully, your periodontist may recommend flap surgery. They will pull back the gum tissue, allowing access to the tooth roots and underlying bony structures.
Once they have thoroughly cleaned the tooth roots and carried out repairs to the bone tissue, they will stitch the gum flap back into place and cover it with a surgical dressing.
A gingivectomy involves trimming and resealing the gum tissue to close deep pockets and prevent recurring infection. Any diseased tissue is removed, and the remaining tissue stitched back into place. Your dentist will finish by covering the area with a surgical dressing.
A dentist may recommend a gingivoplasty if an infection has caused tissue damage.
In the case of severe tissue loss, we can graft tissue from elsewhere — often the roof of your mouth — to rebuild and reshape the gums. In other cases, we may be able to sculpt your remaining gum tissue without a graft.
Patients can also undergo a gingivoplasty if they are dissatisfied with the aesthetic appearance of their gums. In this case, it is often referred to as gum re-contouring.
We will administer a local anaesthetic using our computer-aided injection technology before any periodontal surgery. You should not feel any discomfort during the procedure, but your gums may be tender when the anaesthesia wears off.
Following periodontal surgery, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, or bleeding. You can manage any tenderness with over-the-counter painkillers.
Continue to brush and floss your teeth every day but be very gentle and purchase a soft-bristle toothbrush to avoid aggravating your gums. You can also rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash or salt-water solution to aid healing.
Your dentist may provide you with antibiotics or painkillers to take after your surgery.
Try and refrain from smoking. Not only can smoking contribute to the development of gum disease, but it can also severely inhibit the body’s natural healing ability.
Post-operative healing after periodontal surgery can take anywhere between a few days to several months, depending on the severity of your condition and the procedure you undergo.
At Banning Dental Practice, we have a periodontal specialist on our team to provide you with the very best care and optimal results.
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