Common questions about your periodontal procedure:
Will it hurt?
You will feel no discomfort during the procedure. We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you are concerned or anxious about the procedure, you should know that there are many techniques available for relieving dental anxiety during oral surgery. Just ask us and we will be happy to discuss these options with you.
Following surgery, the affected area may be tender or sore. Minor swelling may occur. We generally prescribe a non-narcotic pain medication which does not interfere with your ability to drive yourself home. We generally have you take this medication while you are in the office so that by the time the novocaine wears off, the medication has already started working. Antibiotics are antibacterial rinses may also be prescribed. If you take your medications as directed and follow post-operative instructions, you will probably only experience minor discomfort. Most patients resume their normal routines the day after treatment.
Will I be able to speak and eat normally?
You should be able to speak normally after the local anesthetic wears off. It is important to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet after treatment. Do not chew on the side where surgery is done for at least two weeks. You should also try to avoid smoking and minimize drinking alcoholic beverages during this time. Following some types of periodontal treatment, the teeth may be more sensitive to hot and cold. This will diminish considerably during the first few weeks.
When will I need to return?
Usually patients return for a check-up in 7 to 14 days. At this time, it may be necessary to remove the dressing (the stitches usually dissolve themselves) and cleanse the area. Additional follow-up appointments may be required to evaluate your healing response and review proper oral hygiene procedures.
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