Dental Tips Blog

Oct
22

What to Expect with Gum Surgery

Posted in Gum Disease

Having surgery on your gums may sound a little scary. But it won’t be as bad as you’re expecting!

You may need gum surgery for any of several reasons:

  • To graft new gum tissue in place
  • Scaling and root planing for teeth affected by gum disease
  • Make teeth look longer and more even
  • Treatment for tissue regeneration

Who Performs the Surgery? 

A periodontist (gum specialist) usually performs the procedure. Some oral surgeons also perform gum surgery, such as placing grafts. A general dentist can treat your teeth and perform basic gum therapy, but you need to see a specialist when it comes to gum surgery. 

Is Gum Surgery Painful?

Gum surgery is over very quickly and you’ll be numb the entire time, so you won’t have to feel anything. Once the anesthetic wears off, you may feel some discomfort. Most patients say that gum surgery on the roof of their mouth is the most uncomfortable. It’s said to feel like a burn from eating hot pizza.

Your recovery doesn’t have to be very painful. Taking over the counter pain relievers as your gum surgeon directs and sticking to a diet of cool soft foods will help you stay comfortable.

Does It Take Long to Heal?

Oral tissues heal faster than most others in the body. If you have stitches, they usually come out within a week after the surgery. Even if it takes as long as two weeks to heal completely, you can get back into your normal routine within a day of the procedure.

Contact a periodontist or dentist in your area to learn more about what’s involved in gum surgery and whether it’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Aug
19

It Doesn’t Hurt to Get a Deep Cleaning!

If you have gum disease, you might already be anxious about getting a deep cleaning. After all, the name alone sounds uncomfortable. How can it NOT hurt to clean deep under the gums?

It’s actually far less painful than it sounds. The true name of the procedure is a periodontal scaling and root planing.

What Happens During a Deep Cleaning

A deep cleaning is when your dentist or hygienist smooths out the roots of teeth using specially-designed hand tools.

The small edges lift off tartar and bacteria embedded across the tooth roots in tiny increments. While this happens, you may feel a slight tugging sensation and pressure on your tooth, but don’t worry – the tooth isn’t going anywhere!

What about the fact that the tools have to slip below the gums?

Gums lose their attachment to teeth when they’re swollen and infected, creating “pockets” that trap buildup like bacteria and tartar. This debris builds up on tooth roots as far down as the gum pockets extend.

During a deep cleaning, the instruments only go down as deep as the base of the gum pockets.

You may notice some bleeding during the procedure, but it’s not painful. All that swollen gum tissue is loaded with tiny capillaries that bleed instantly when bumped. This side-effect only serves as yet another indicator that you really needed the treatment!

For Your Comfort

If necessary, you can have local anesthesia, topical numbing jelly, or mild sedation to get through your root planing. But you’re likely to find that the only difficult part is keeping your mouth open for the procedure! Taking breaks as needed or using a small, soft prop can help you out.

Ask your dentist or hygienist what else can help you stay comfy during treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Jan
9

Do You Really Need a Deep Cleaning?

Posted in Gum Disease

You could say that a normal dental cleaning is the car wash and a deep cleaning is the detailing procedure. However, when your dental health is involved, it’s a little more complicated than that.

What is a Deep Cleaning?

Medically-known as “scaling and root planing” or SRP, this treatment does more than simply get your teeth “extra clean.”

Scaling is the removal of tartar from teeth. Root planing means smoothing out the surface of tooth roots that are roughened with bacteria and tartar. These techniques are combined in a “deep cleaning” procedure. This treatment requires specialized dental tools and is often broken up into multiple appointments due to complexity.

Contrary to how it may sound, SRP is more of a medical treatment instead of a superficial, cosmetic one.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease starts out as gingivitis, which is gum inflammation in response to bacteria. As the bacteria spread, the inflammation worsens. Combine this with tartar buildup at and below the gum line, and you’ve got a problem on your hands.

Without medical intervention, gum disease will lead to tooth-loss. A deep cleaning is the medical standard for stopping the infection right in its tracks.

A Regular Cleaning Won’t Cut It!

To really nip the problem in the bud, you need a deep cleaning. Gum disease creates deep pockets of infected and damaged tissue around teeth. You can’t access these pockets with a toothbrush and floss, alone.

A deep cleaning might sound like a luxury dental treatment. But it’s actually a procedure that’s essential for anyone suffering from gum disease. Contact your dentist to schedule a gum health assessment to find out whether a deep cleaning is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Pristine Dental
555 Providence Hwy #2
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 734-7056

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