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How to Prepare for Gum Surgery

November 28, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Haejin Lee
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Gum surgery is often needed for patients experiencing severe forms of gum disease. There are several types of surgery, and while the preparation is different depending on your unique needs, you can expect a fairly similar process. Here are some of the steps needed to prepare for gum surgery: 

  • Consultation: If you haven't already, visiting a dentist should be your first step. You need to have your gum disease evaluated and examined to determine how severe it is, and whether or not you need surgery. Your dentist will be able to identify your needs and will advise you on the right treatment or surgery for your specific severity. 
  • Pre-surgery medications: Your dentist may tell you not to take any blood-thinning medications, like some over-the-counter pain medicines. Depending on your needs, your dentist may also prescribe some antibiotics to take prior to your surgery. Be sure to get all of the information on how to correctly take antibiotics to ensure that they are effective in time for the procedure. 
  • Prepare transportation:  If you are choosing to use a sedative, or if your dentist will be administering anesthesia, you'll need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from your surgery. You will not be able to drive after the procedure if you are using a sedative of any kind.
  • Prepare for recovery:  Your dentist will be able to tell you what you can expect after your operation in terms of recovery, and it's best to get this information prior to your surgery. It's likely that you will have a restricted diet after your surgery, so you will want to get some foods that fit into your recovery needs so you can be prepared after you get home. 

Preventative Care in Toronto, ON

Periodontal disease has been linked to serious health conditions, and it can be costly to treat once you have been diagnosed. Prevention is the best way to approach gum disease when possible, and this is where your regular dental visits really come into play. Visiting your dentist for cleanings twice a year won't just keep your teeth clean, it also helps to keep them healthy! You simply cannot clean your teeth completely with at-home care alone, and this also gives your dentist an opportunity to check and treat any issues become they become more serious. 

If you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, call our office today for more information on getting started!