Our doctors at Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown treat gum disease on a patient-to-patient basis, ensuring that each treatment plan is customized to the specific needs of each person. With a board-certified periodontist under roof, Clagett Dental is experienced in performing gum surgery for patients who have damaged gums that are causing discomfort or aesthetic concerns.
Before you visit our doctors for your gum surgery, they will make sure you are comfortable and confident in your procedure during an initial consultation in our Elizabethtown office. They will spend ample time with you evaluating your oral health, discussing your surgical options, and answering any questions you may have about the procedure.
If you know you’re in need of gum surgery, you’ll want to know what to expect after you have your procedure, so keep reading.
But First, What is Gum Surgery?
Gum surgery is any sort of procedure that involves cutting into the gums. Our doctors perform this surgery to rid patients of infection, disease, and decay within the gums. Gum surgery restores the oral health of Elizabethtown men and women and protects them not only from future oral complications but against disease in other areas of the body as well.
Depending on your symptoms and needs, there are several types of gum surgery that could be performed by our doctors, including:
- Gingival flap surgery/pocket reduction
- Gingivectomy/crown lengthening
- Soft tissue graft
What to Expect During Gum Surgery
For the most part, gum surgery is a relatively simple procedure. Our doctors will make you comfortable with local anesthetics or other sedatives before beginning your procedure. This will ensure you do not feel any discomfort during your procedure.
Our doctors will then perform the gum surgery that is best for your individual case, using the most conservative approach available. Generally speaking, the entire process usually takes about two hours to complete.
What to Expect After Your Gum Surgery
Your recovery from gum surgery will depend on how extensive your procedure was. For most Elizabethtown patients, discomfort is easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol or Advil. Additionally, patients may experience minor swelling or bleeding near their incision sites.
Our doctors will provide very detailed instructions for you to follow during your recovery. Some of the most important things to remember include:
- Use mouthwash or saltwater rinse to keep your clean as directed
- Avoid exercise for several days after surgery
- Eat soft foods or drink liquids for the first few days after your procedure
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol until our doctors have given you the okay to do so
Patients who have gum surgery often experience renewed confidence in the strength of their teeth and bite. Additionally, you will soon be rid of the discomfort you experienced from you swollen, tender gums as you begin to heal, and your gums strengthen.
Call Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown Today
Put an end to your suffering! Call our doctors to schedule your initial appointment and learn more about your options for gum surgery. Call us today at (270) 769-3306!