Periodontics FAQ

  1. Will having periodontal surgery cure periodontal disease?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. There is no cure for periodontal disease which is why we encourage methods to prevent the disease. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria in the mouth and the only way to keep it under control is through meticulous care at home, treatments recommended by your periodontist and regular visits. You can prevent periodontal disease with regular brushing (2 times a day), flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly. In addition, a healthy diet can improve oral health in addition to not smoking.

  1. Why do I need to see a periodontist?

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease it’s very critical that you see your periodontist regularly to avoid progression of the disease. Our periodontists undergo extensive training and are among the best in the area for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease.

  1. How do I benefit from seeing a periodontist?

You get the benefits of ensuring your disease doesn’t progress and a clean, healthy mouth. We help you restore your oral health so that you can enjoy eating those foods you have had to avoid in recent years. Just because you age doesn’t mean your oral health has to deteriorate as well.

  1. How long do implants last?

If you need dental implants you can expect them to last a very long time. Of course, certain factors will affect the life duration of your implants such as metabolic bone disease, HIV, smoking, and even diabetes. If you have less than desirable oral hygiene or a pre-existing periodontal disease that hasn’t been treated this too will affect the lifetime of your implants.

  1. What benefits can I expect with dental implants?

Dental implants will help improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence, but they will also help you enjoy eating food without the pain of chewing.

  1. Does implant or periodontal surgery hurt?

Like with many surgeries, patients have a right to know how much pain they can expect to be in after surgery. Surprisingly, so long as you follow the instructions provided for post-operation and take your medication as prescribed you can expect to be back at work the next day if not two days later. Many of our patients have complimented how well they felt post-operation and even a recent study shows the pain associated with implants that comes post-operation is one of the lesser pains of all dentistry procedures.

  1. How much pain will I experience once the anesthesia has worn off?

Many patients do experience some discomfort and likely minor swelling which is completely normal. We advise taking your prescribed pain pills prior to the anesthesia wearing off to allow time for it to start working and avoid too much pain. If you want to lessen the discomfort and/or swelling we recommend placing an icepack on the outside of your mouth for 10 minutes at a time (10 minutes on your mouth and 10 minutes off, repeat). This is only effective for the first few hours post-operation. Your swelling might worsen within the next day or so but after 2-3 days it will begin subsiding.

  1. Will the surgery cause my gums to bleed?

Minor bleeding is quite normal for up to 24 hours after having periodontal surgery but if you’re noticing large clots you need to phone us right away. If they’re slightly bleeding but the blood mixes with your saliva then it may seem like they’re bleeding a lot. You can use a piece of gauze shaped into ‘U’ form to place over the bleeding. Applying gentle pressure to the bleeding site for up to 20 minutes should also help the bleeding subside. If you are still bleeding long after your surgery just call our Martindale Dental office and we’ll schedule a time to see you.

  1. Can I floss or brush after periodontal surgery?

You should wait up to 24 hours or until our periodontist has advised before flossing and brushing like normal again. Some patients are prescribed Peridex to gently rinse their mouths on occasion but only after 24 hours have passed. Peridex will promote the healing process.

  1. I’m a smoker – how long do I have to wait before I can smoke again?

We advise not smoking for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery and for 48 hours after your surgery. We encourage you not to smoke at all for as long as you can handle once you’ve had your surgery.

  1. Can I drink after periodontal surgery?

In order to prevent more bleeding at the surgical site after your surgery avoid alcoholic beverages. In addition, if you’re taking prescribed medication as well avoid drinking altogether until you have finished your prescription.

  1. What will I be able to eat?

For the first 24 hours you will want to choose soft foods and avoid spicy, hard, hot and cold foods. You can then resume your normal diet after 24 hours but do not chew where the surgical site is until it’s completely healed.

If you still have questions or concerns about having periodontal surgery just phone our friendly and helpful representatives at Martindale Denal. We’re here to help you get the beautiful smile you deserve in the safest and most effective way possible.

Martindale Dental provides both general and specialty dentistry under one roof.  For more than 20 years, our dentists have been advocates for their patients oral health care needs. Our dental offices are conveniently located in Toronto, North York, St Catharines, North York, Burlington, Milton East and Milton West, Ontario. We offer convenient before & after work and weekend appointments.