If you have periodontal disease, you may need surgery to save one or more teeth. Surgery can helpreduce the size of pockets that form between tooth and gum. It can also help regenerate bone and other tissue, or adjust the gumline. In addition, surgery can be used to reach tartar that can't be removed with other techniques.
Periodontal surgery takes place in the dentist's office. You will go home soon after it is completed. To control pain you'll be given local anesthesia.You may also have a sedative (medication to help you relax). Be sure to arrange in advance for a ride home.
Your instructions right after surgery may include:
Resting for a day or two
Taking medication to control pain or prevent infection
Using ice or medication to control swelling
Special instructions for cleaning teeth
Caring for the surgical area or dressing
You'll have a follow-up visit in1-3 weeks to check how you're healing. This is when stitchesand any dressing (protective covering) are removed.
These vary depending on the surgery. In general, risks and complications of periodontal surgery may include any of the following:
Pain or discomfort
Increased tooth mobility or sensitivity(often temporary)
Swelling and bruising of the cheek
Numbness or tingling, due to temporary or permanent damage to nearby nerves
Exposure of more crown or root
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