How It Is Done
Before beginning gum disease surgery, the area will be completely numbed with a local anesthetic. An incision is made to create a flap in the gum tissue that can be pulled back to expose the teeth and bone where treatment is needed. Next, the surface of the tooth will be cleaned of any plaque or tartar build-up. The bone will be smoothed to remove irregular edges that may trap bacteria. Before the gums are sutured back into place, any excess or diseased gum tissue is removed.
After Gum Disease Surgery
Following the procedure, you will be given post-op instructions on how to care for the area while it is healing. Dr. Webster may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication if needed. Unless self-dissolving sutures are used, you will need to make an appointment to have the sutures removed in about a week. Approximately one month after gum disease surgery, Dr. Webster would like to see you again to ensure the area is healing as it should. You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold after this gum disease treatment, which can usually be remedied by using toothpaste for sensitive teeth.