Gum Surgery - National Dental Care

Your National Dental Care dentist, therapist or hygienist may recommend gum surgery for treatment of severe periodontal disease. This is usually done by a periodontist. Your National Dental Care team will organise a referral to the periodontist for gum surgery procedure.

Most gum surgery is done under local anaesthetic. Make sure to alert your National Dental Care surgeon to any existing medications or health conditions.

What is involved in gum surgery?

During surgery, your surgeon will lift back the gums to form a ‘flap’ in order to access the infected gum tissue below. The infected tissues will be removed, and the periodontist will employ tooth-scaling and root-planing methods to remove any existing plaque or bacteria below the gum line. The gums will be secured back in place using (most likely) dissolvable stitches.

A follow up appointment between 7-10 days after will be necessary to ensure you are healing properly, or to remove the stitches if dissolvable ones were not used.


Over the counter pain relief should be adequate to manage pain post-surgery. An ice pack can be used if swelling occurs. Your periodontist may choose to prescribe antibiotics in more complicated cases.

If prolonged bleeding or severe swelling occurs after surgery, contact your periodontist or your National Dental Care dentist immediately.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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