RK Dental Practice recommend gum surgery for treatment of severe periodontal disease. This is usually done by a Periodontist. Dentia will organise a referral to the periodontist for gum surgery procedure. Most gum surgery is done under local anaesthetic. Make sure to alert your RK Dental Practice surgeon to any existing medications or health conditions you are aware of.
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 dis-solvable 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 RK Dental Practice dentist immediately.