What Is Periodontal Surgery?
Periodontal surgery is for patients who are dealing with gum disease. It is not for patients who are in the early stages of the disease (gingivitis). Rather, it is for patients who have experienced bone loss.
In these cases, their gum pockets are too deep to keep clean, which exacerbates the disease. During the procedure, your Downey oral surgeon will remove some of the gum tissue, thereby shortening the pocket depths and making it easier for the patient to clean their teeth and gums.
For patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease, this type of surgery may very well save their teeth.
What Can I Expect at My Oral Surgery Appointment?
At the beginning of your appointment, your Downey dentist will provide you with some form of sedation – from oral medications and nitrous oxide to general anesthesia. Then, they will thoroughly numb your teeth and gums to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
When the surgery is complete and you come out of sedation, our team will review post-op instructions that will help you:
- Heal in a timely manner
- Take proper care of your teeth/gums
- Experience less discomfort