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If you have severe gum disease (also known as periodontal disease), your dentist, therapist or hygienist may recommend for you to undergo gum surgery. This surgery is mostly performed under local anaesthetic by a periodontist or dentist, depending on the procedure. You will need to notify your surgeon of any existing medications or health condition as this will impact the recommended procedure. Note: 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.
During most surgeries, your dentist and periodontist will make small incisions in your gum to form a flap'. This will provide access to the infected gum tissue. The infected tissue will then 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. For more details, please visit your local National Dental Care practice and one of our dentists will provide advice appropriate for your specific condition.
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.
The severity of your gum disease, the procedure you've had, and your overall health will ultimately determine your recovery. In many cases, over-the-counter pain relief should be adequate to manage pain post-surgery, however, your dentist may request for you to take additional medication, depending on your personal circumstances e.g. antibiotics, special mouth wash. Many dentists also recommend consuming only soft foods for a few weeks after surgery and an ice pack to reduce swelling (if any). If prolonged bleeding or severe swelling occurs after surgery, contact your periodontist or dentist immediately.
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