When it comes to tooth surgery, Rochester residents ask our team a lot of questions. It is natural to be curious or apprehensive when a medical professional recommends surgery of any kind. Understanding the reasons behind necessary tooth surgery can help ease your concerns and mentally prepare you for the procedure.
What is Tooth Surgery?
Tooth surgery, otherwise known as periodontal surgery, is surgery performed on the structures holding the teeth.
There are several reasons your dentist might recommend periodontal surgery. It could be to relieve pain and discomfort, treat infections, protect your teeth from further damage, or for cosmetic reasons.
Some of the most common periodontal surgeries include:
Tooth extraction is the removal of the entire tooth, including the root and nerves. Tooth extractions are usually performed under local anesthesia. Your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction due to damage to the tooth, to make room for other teeth, advanced decay, or periodontal disease.
A dental implant is a process of replacing a missing tooth by affixing an artificial tooth root to the jaw bone.
A missing tooth can have detrimental effects on the jaw bone as well as affect the integrity of the surrounding teeth. You may be a candidate for dental implants if you:
- Are missing a tooth or teeth
- Experience difficulty chewing (due to missing teeth)
- Have a severely cracked or broken tooth
- Are tired of dealing with caring for your dentures
- Feel insecure about your smile due to missing teeth
- To secure a denture in place
Modern-day dental implants both look and feel natural. This way, you can continue to perform activities like smiling, eating, and speaking with no change in functionality.
Your teeth aren’t the only part of your mouth that can require surgery. Unhealthy gums can also have an impact on your teeth as well as your overall health. Your periodontist may also recommend gum surgery for cosmetic and restorative reasons. Common gum surgeries include soft gum grafts, pocket-depth reduction, or crown lengthening.
Is Periodontal Surgery Painful?
Gum surgery is performed with a local anesthetic. With modern technology and minimally invasive techniques, periodontal surgery is virtually pain-free. Before your procedure, your periodontist will discuss your pain management options for both before and after your surgery.
How Do I Prepare for the Procedure?
How you prepare for your surgery largely depends on the type of procedure. Your periodontist will discuss your medication protocol before your surgery and may need you to have certain blood tests depending on your medical history.
What Should I Expect Post-Op?
It is normal to experience swelling or minor discomfort after periodontal surgery. Your periodontist will discuss aftercare treatment with you, including temporary dietary restrictions based on your individual care plan. Still, it is important to note that if you are experiencing significant discomfort or bleeding, seek medical attention right away.
Do You Have Questions About Tooth Surgery Rochester?
At Dental Implants and Periodontal Health of Rochester, Dr. Zahavi strives to provide the most comprehensive and comfortable periodontal surgery possible. If you believe you are a candidate for tooth surgery in Rochester or have been diagnosed by your general dentist with a condition that requires periodontal surgery, contact our office and set up an appointment today. 585-685-2005