Can You Brush Your Teeth After Periodontal Surgery?

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Periodontal surgery, also known as gum surgery, treats gum disease and damage that have been caused by issues like damaged bone and tissues. The primary goal of periodontal surgery is to increase the life expectancy of the teeth. When a patient receives regular periodontal care, the goal is to control the development of microbial dental plaque over time.

Periodontal surgery becomes necessary when the patient is suffering from gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease include gums that are swollen, red, bleeding, and the presence of pockets that form between the gums and teeth. If you have advanced disease around the gums and tissues that support the teeth, you might need periodontal surgery. Your dental professional will be able to examine the area and determine whether or not surgery is necessary.

If you do need surgery, you might be wondering about the best ways to take care of your mouth after the surgery and when you can return to your normal activities like brushing your teeth. Our team would like to give you a simple rundown of what to expect after periodontal surgery and how to ensure an optimal recovery. After your surgery, you can expect to experience the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding or oozing for the first 12-24 hours
  • Some minor swelling and discoloration for two to three days after surgery
  • Some discomfort for the week following the surgery

As far as what to do to expedite your recovery, we recommend the following steps:

  • Keep the head elevated and make sure you get plenty of rest to allow the body to heal. Avoid physical activity for 24 to 48 hours after surgery, and do not drive for at least 24 hours after surgery. It is important that you do not suck on the area or allow an excess of saliva to gather in the mouth.
  • For the untreated areas of the mouth, brush and floss your teeth like you would regularly. As far as the treated areas of the mouth, brush the surface of the teeth and avoid the gums as much as possible. We also recommend avoiding an electric toothbrush for a few weeks after the procedure, as this will make it easier to control the motions and avoid painful spots.
  • Keep the whole area as clean as possible to promote successful healing.
  • Place cold compresses where you had the surgery to for the following day. This will help to minimize pain.
  • Avoid smoking for a week following the surgery. If you would like to be extra careful, avoid smoking for two weeks. If a bone graft was placed, it is recommended to quit smoking for six weeks.
  • Take your pain medications as directed.
  • Consume a healthy diet of liquids and soft foods for the weeks following the surgery.

If periodontal care is in your future, and you have some questions for the team at Austell Dental Associates, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (770) 467-3888 or contact us online.


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