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Old 05-24-2006, 11:13 AM   #1
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Root planing and periodontal surgery - what to expect?

This is my first post. I have been referred to a periodontist as I have deep pockets by many of my lower and some upper teeth. The periodontist has recommended a course of root planing and periodontal surgery and I am rather nervous about what to expect? She has said it will be done under local anaesthetic but what will I feel? Is it like having a filling? she has said they will need to cut the gums and fold them back to get at the roots - how much does this hurt when the numbness wears off? I would be very grateful for any information and reassurance!

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Old 05-24-2006, 02:06 PM   #2
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Re: Root planing and periodontal surgery - what to expect?

I am having the same thing done (see my previous post) but with a laser. My dentist said it causes no bleeding and very little pain as opposed to the traditional gum surgery. I have gone to several internet websites and I have read it it supposed to be pretty effective (I hope) The healing time is very quick as there are no stitches involved. I was curious to see if anyone else has had this done with a laser, as not all dentist do it (mine just started) My mother had it done the regular way and she said it stinks- (sorry!) Maybe its different for everyone

 
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Old 05-24-2006, 06:23 PM   #3
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Re: Root planing and periodontal surgery - what to expect?

Hi - Kelly i answered your other post too. I am referring to the older method that was used where the gum tissue is cut and folded over so the bone can be scraped and then sutured back. But there is a big difference between root planing or a deep cleaning vs flap surgery. As I mentioned in my other e-mail the deep cleaning aka root planing is more of a sandblasting of the teeth below the gum line and surrounding gum tissue with some scraping done on the area as well. It is generally done in stage 1 of perio disease or when the pockets are not that deep or infected. The flap surgery generally is done when the perio has progressed to intermediate or advanced statges. I am sure the newer techniques with laser will only improve either procedures since it does produce less bleeding and therefore healing should be quicker and less painful as well. Take a pain reliever before the procedures (but not aspirin) - I am sure the drs will also give you something for pain for the next 1-2 days as well should you need it. I got by by taking aleve.

 
Old 05-24-2006, 10:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. It is the 'old' method I am in for as I am going to have small stitches. I must say I am not looking forward to it!

 
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:09 PM   #6
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Why that particular toothpaste and rinse? Does is work better then an all natural toothpaste? Is the rinse better then Listerene or Biotine? I switched from Listerne then to Crest Pro Health then to "the Natural Dentist" rinse, and I think my gums got worse then with the Listerne. It is all so confusing

 
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Re: Root planing and periodontal surgery - what to expect?

My periodontist gave me a prescription for peridex - its also supposed to help the gums. Its basically a strong version of hydrogen peroxide but it stains the teeth so they need to be cleaned more often. I always found the biotine to be more soothing too. The peridex has a medicinal taste to it.

 
Old 05-26-2006, 11:36 AM   #8
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I had gum surgery (the "old" way). My perio never mentioned doing it with laser - I don't think he does that). I had nearly my whole mouth done - flap surgery because of deep pockets and bone loss. Some people may take a pill before to relax them. My perio gave me pain pills and a special rinse to use for 3 weeks. After one week, I had the stitches removed. Lets face it, local freezing isn't fun, but after that, you don't feel anything. I iced the area when I got home, took the pain pill and rested. Some surgeries hurt more than others, but we survive - and - we try and save our teeth.

 
Old 05-27-2006, 09:04 AM   #9
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Ok, I just had this done on thursday, so 2 days ago. Ok, not a crowd pleaser, but not near as bad as I had feared. Pain more of the annoying kind, rather than "OMG, I gonna die" kind. But, I did have an interesting coincidence, I woke the next day with OMG I gonna die pain in my lower back. Has anyone else had this happen after periodontal surgery? or is that just a coincidence since I have had back problems in the past, but had gotten it under control or so I thought.

 
Old 05-27-2006, 11:17 AM   #10
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Funny you should mention that because when I went for my first examination I thought the chair went much further back than the dentists chair and there was quite a gap between my lower back and the chair. I think I will take a small pillow to put down as you say you had problems. Thanks for the warning!

 
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