Based on an evaluation of the health of your gums and teeth, your periodontist has recommended periodontal surgery for you. Periodontal surgery can be performed for several reasons:

  • To clean and reduce periodontal pockets in order to stop the loosening of teeth and bone loss
  • To regenerate and regrow gum and bone tissue
  • To expose the tooth below the gum line in order to repair decay or damage
  • To fix a “toothy” smile or “gummy” smile

Prior to your scheduled surgery, please notify the office of any medical conditions or medicines you are taking, such as:

  • Daily aspirin, blood thinners, herbal supplements
  • If you are diabetic or have special diet restrictions
  • If you have a prosthetic joint
  • If you have an artificial heart valve or history of endocarditis
  • If you have been on bisphosphonates for osteoporosis for longer than 5 years

Prior to the procedure, an anesthetic will be applied that will numb the area. You should feel little or no discomfort during the procedure. If you are overly anxious about the procedure, you can also discuss sedation options with the dentist.