When you have issues with your gums, you need to speak to a periodontist as soon as possible. At Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, our periodontist, Dr. Ting can perform periodontal surgery to those that require gum grafts or periodontal flap surgery. While some gum disease cases can be treated successfully, specifically those with gingivitis. However, sometimes when gum disease is left to progress, the gums begin to recede and pull back from the teeth. This can lead to loose or separating teeth that can lead to tooth loss. The type of surgery you need will depend on your particular oral health situation.
How periodontal surgery is performed
First, Dr. Ting will numb the treatment area. The time it takes for your surgery will depend on your procedure and how extensive the damage is. During laser gum surgery, no cutting or stitching is needed. This helps to reduce the amount of pain felt after treatment. Because it is minimally-invasive, larger parts of the mouth can be worked on at the same time. This targets bacteria, which means that less tissue needs to be removed.
Recovery after periodontal surgery
After periodontal surgery, you may experience minor bleeding. Swelling can be reduced with an ice pack to the face every 15 minutes. We will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. We may also prescribe anti-inflammatories or pain medications to help with swelling and pain. Bruising is minor to the lips, cheeks, neck, and face. Dr. Ting recommends you eat a soft diet for at least two weeks. Refrain from brushing near the surgical area for the first few days post-op.
Learn more about periodontal surgeries
When you need periodontal surgery due to damage to your teeth and gums from gum disease, schedule a consultation. At Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, our periodontist, Dr. Ting, offers periodontal disease treatments and surgeries that helps resolve different oral health problems. For more information on periodontal disease surgeries and to schedule an appointment, call 610-550-3333. We serve patients in Paoli, Malvern, Berwyn, and the surrounding Pennsylvania communities with advanced periodontal procedures and dental implant treatments.