Periodontal surgery focuses on treating conditions of the gum tissue and jawbones and may include a wide variety of procedures, including gingival grafting, laser root planning, pocket reduction, dental implants, and other regenerative procedures. While your periodontal disease dentist will provide you with an in-depth overview for what to expect from the procedure itself, it is important to take a number of steps prior to surgery. Keep reading for some great tips on preparing for periodontal surgery.
Medications and Antibiotics
Certain medications can increase the risk of blood loss during periodontal surgery. For this reason, you will want to stop taking any aspirin-products, blood thinners, or Vitamin E supplements at least seven days prior to your surgery. Your dentist will also advise you to start rinsing with PERIDEX one-to-two days before surgery and the morning of the procedure. Furthermore, your dentist may recommend that you begin taking your antibiotics one hour before the appointment.
It is important to eat light the day of the procedure to reduce the chances of nausea, vomiting, and surgical complications. Consider eating cereal, bread, or fruit more than one hour before the surgery.
Prepare a Recovery Area
You will want to prepare a recovery area in your home to help provide comfort during the healing process. This includes filling your prescription for pain medication, purchasing soft ice-packs and soft foods, and creating a comfortable resting area in your bed or on the couch.
Schedule a Ride Home
It is important not to drive yourself home after undergoing periodontal surgery, especially if you are undergoing IV sedation. Make the process easier by having a close friend or family member accompany you to your appointment so that they can drive you home and stay with you for a few hours after the procedure.
For more information on the uses and indications for periodontal surgery, contact New York City periodontist Dr. Stuart J. Froum, DDS at (212) 586-4209. You can also set up an appointment or learn more about dental implants by visiting us online.