At Metropolitan Dental Care, Dr. Mike Norouzinia performs gum surgery to treat advanced periodontal disease. During this procedure, an incision is created along the gum line, and the gum tissue is temporarily moved back, exposing the roots of the teeth and other underlying structures. This allows Dr. Norouzinia to visualize the infected tissues and problematic areas so he can clean and debride them properly. Once complete, the gum tissue is repositioned and sutured into place. Knowing what to expect during recovery after gum surgery in Denver can help patients enjoy a comfortable and low-stress treatment experience.
Common Side Effects after Gum Surgery
In the sections below, we will explore a few of the most common side effects following gum surgery. We will also explain how to minimize these symptoms for a successful and comfortable recovery.
Immediately following your gum surgery in Denver, gauze will be placed over the surgical sites to help slow bleeding. Over the next 24 to 48 hours, patients can expect some oozing to continue. The initial gauze can be removed after about 30 minutes. If bleeding worsens, gently place a clean piece of gauze over the area and apply gentle, steady pressure for about 15 minutes. If bleeding still persists, dampen a tea bag and place it over the area. Tea contains tannic acid, which aids in shrinking blood vessels and capillaries, slowing bleeding as a result.
Inflammation is a normal side effect after gum surgery. To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress or ice pack to the external jaw. Use this method intermittently every 20 minutes or so for the first day. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can also help diminish swelling.
Gum surgery is just that – a surgery. Therefore, it wouldn’t be truthful for us to tell you it’s a painless procedure. However, the advanced techniques and methods used today help to minimize this side effect. To further reduce discomfort, take all medications exactly as prescribed by Dr. Norouzinia. Additionally, avoid strenuous activity for the first 48 to 72 hours, as an elevated heart rate can increase post-operative discomfort, bleeding, and swelling.
Bruising does not always occur following gum surgery, but it is a possibility. If bruising develops, do not be alarmed. This is simply part of the natural healing process. Symptoms generally begin to diminish in a few days.
What about my stitches?
In most cases, dissolvable stitches will be used. This means they will simply fall out on their own within the first few days. Occasionally, we may use non-resorbable sutures, which will need to be removed during a follow-up appointment. The day of your surgery, Dr. Norouzinia can tell you which type of sutures were used and whether or not you will need to have them removed.
What can I eat?
Following gum surgery in Denver, it is best to stick to softer, cooler foods for a few days. For example, we recommend eating things like eggs, pasta, soft bread, pudding, applesauce, smoothies, and similar foods. As your comfort level improves, you will be able to introduce more solid foods. If you have specific questions regarding post-surgical diet guidelines, one of our team members will be happy to assist.
Learn More about Gum Surgery in Denver
If you are considering gum surgery in Denver, or if you have already undergone the procedure, knowing what to expect during the healing period can help you enjoy a low-stress, comfortable recovery. To talk to your Denver dentist or to schedule an appointment at our practice, contact us online or call our office at 303-534-2626. In addition to Denver, CO, we also proudly serve Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, and Highlands Ranch.