Periodontal disease is common and most people don’t know they have it until it is in an advanced state.
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a sticky, colorless substance that forms on the surface of your teeth, especially near the gumline. Plaque contains bacteria. If it’s not removed by thorough brushing and mouth rinses, the bacteria emit toxins that irritate the gums. Your gums start to bleed or become swollen. Pockets start to form around the teeth as supporting tissue breaks down
As the cycles continue, pockets deepen and the gums pull away from around the teeth. The final stage is when the plaque hardens into a rough deposit called calculus or tartar. Over time, as more plaque and calculus build up, the gums continue to pull away from the teeth.
Gum and bone attachment is lost and the pockets deepen.
When the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and pockets can’t be cleaned well enough even by your hygienist, periodontal – or perio – surgery is recommended. This removes plaque/tartar buildup below the gumline. We use the most advanced techniques such as lasers, in addition to scaling and planing to help restore your gums to good health.
What can I expect during surgery?
Surgery is virtually painless; we’ll gently numb the area so you’ll be comfortable and relaxed. And of course, there are those famous NCD methods to help you relax during surgery, like listening to music through a personal CD player and headphones. We’ll even supply you with a pair of dark glasses for your total relaxation.
You may experience some discomfort after surgery. Typically, you’ll have tenderness or soreness where the work was done. Don’t worry. We can prescribe post-surgical medication that will help you during this period.
You may want to eat soft foods during the first few days of the post-op period. Avoid acidic foods like orange juice and tomato sauce. Healthy soups are a great option. A nutritious diet will help you heal faster and better.
Follow-up for post-surgical treatment is usually five to ten days. This is when we’ll remove any stitches and clean the surgical area. After your gums have healed, we’ll check to make sure everything’s ok and recommend a personal plan for your oral health that includes regular checkups, showing you the best way to floss and brush, and oral care products that help you maintain a healthy smile. Like everything we do here at NCD, your comfort, oral health and satisfaction are our primary concerns. We’ll get your teeth and gums back in shape and ready for a lifetime of service and enjoyment!