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Periodontal surgery in Panama

Damage caused by periodontitis is among the most common oral diseases. These are only surpassed in frequency by cavities, and some studies reveal that 8 out of 10 adults suffer from some form of gum disease that can lead to periodontal surgery.

What is periodontal surgery?

Periodontal surgery is a procedure performed by the dentist / periodontist, to clean an infection; separating the gum from the tooth, to remove the damaged tissue and then put it back together by means of stitches.

This technique is simple and painless; however, sometimes the specialist may recommend the use of anesthesia or conscious sedation.

Depending on the technique, there are 3 types of periodontal surgery:

Periodontal flap surgery

Resective periodontal surgery

Periodontal reconstructive surgery

When should periodontal surgery be performed?

After several studies on the anatomy of the periodontium, periodontal disease and healing of periodontal tissues, it has been possible to understand the main objective of this surgery in the preservation of teeth.

Periodontal surgery is a treatment indicated for patients for whom access to scaling and root planing (RAR) is difficult, which leads to inadequate plaque self-control.

In particular, periodontal surgery not only achieves the radical elimination of the periodontal pocket, but also contributes to the long-term preservation of the periodontium and re-establishes a gingival morphology that favors plaque self-control by the patient.

Basically, there are 2 types of periodontal surgery depending on the root cause:

This is performed to achieve the healing of gums infected by advanced periodontal disease.

Reconstructive periodontal surgery, which helps to restore the aesthetics of the smile by regenerating the gingival tissues.

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How to prepare for periodontal surgery?

As mentioned before, periodontal surgery can be performed for esthetic or oral health reasons, which determines the plan to be followed.

Prior to the procedure, the specialist prepares a treatment plan that includes an evaluation of the condition of the gums and the needs observed at the consultation.

In this preliminary check-up, the health professional will determine the condition of the gingival tissue that covers the teeth (i.e., if it is receding or, on the contrary, it is excessive).

The specialist will then recommend gingival regeneration to prevent, correct or combat periodontal disease. However, the treatment will depend on each patient; and although some will be solved in a single appointment, others will need to be worked on in several sessions.

Regardless of the situation, what is certain is that the patient must be very aware of the responsibility he/she assumes for the achievement of the objectives set. In this sense, maintaining a strict discipline regarding your oral hygiene will be fundamental to achieve results.

Before and after periodontal surgery

Before the intervention, the patient may present different discomforts as a result of the infection present in the affected area.

Once the procedure is completed, the first results will be evident to the naked eye. In most patients, periodontal surgery is painful but tolerable.

However, all this also generates a common symptomatology:

Redness in the reimplanted gums.

Suppuration.

Slight bleeding.

Pain and discomfort.

Progressive recovery of mobility.

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How much does periodontal surgery cost in Panama?

If you wish to know the prices of our periodontal surgery service, you can click here and contact us for more details.

Aftercare

After having undergone periodontal surgery, it is the patient’s duty to comply with some recommendations and care indicated by the specialist.

Among these, the following stand out:

Relative rest, avoid excessive physical exertion.

Perform correct and routine tooth brushing to maintain proper oral health and hygiene.

Compliance with the treatment indicated by the specialist.

Consumption of soft and cold foods during the first days.

Do not spit or brush your teeth during the first 24 hours.

Use dental floss and antibacterial mouthwash.

After the operation, it is recommended not to drive for 24 hours or until all the effects of the anesthesia have been controlled.

Attend the check-ups scheduled by the specialist and comply with any indication on his part.

Failure to fully comply with these recommendations may well result in recurrence (even after successful periodontal surgery has been completed). This is why you should not skip follow-up visits with the specialist, in addition to being attentive to any changes during the healing process.

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