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Oral surgical intervention such as a gingival flap, gingival resection, or gum grafts are sometimes recommended by a dentist like Dr. Robert Horowitz to address a severe case of periodontal disease. These treatments are designed to remove infected material from the base of your teeth while also modifying the healthy periodontal tissues to restore a healthy gumline.

Adequate preparation and quality aftercare are very important for a speedy recovery after gum surgery.

Treatments of this nature typically require full sedation. Afterward, you will likely feel some lingering sedative effect, so you will need to arrange for a safe ride home.  

It’s also important to keep in mind that even occasional tobacco use can complicate the recovery process. Tar and other chemicals introduced into your mouth by smoking or chewing tobacco can irritate healing gum tissues. The heat from smoking can also have affected the periodontal tissues, causing significant complications.

This can increase the total recovery time and potentially lead to a significant infection. If you are a frequent tobacco user you should talk to your doctor in advance to find a cessation program that’s right for you. If possible, you should try to select a program that doesn’t use lozenges or nicotine gum, as these items can also irritate healing gum tissues.

Dr. Robert Horowitz might also provide you with any necessary pain or antibiotic medications. If so, you will need to take the specified dosage at the appropriate times.

If you are in the Scarsdale, New York, area and you have been struggling with chronic gum disease problems, you can call 914-529-4136 to set up a consultation at Robert A. Horowitz, DDS.