Periodontal surgery is usually performed in our offices with local anaesthesia. The amount of time spent in surgery, the degree of discomfort afterwards, and the time required to heal, all vary depending on the type and extent of your condition, your overall health and the treatment required. We will explain what to expect before you undergo your specific procedure. In some cases, I may prescribe medication to help you relax, you may be given a sedative at the office, or we may use intravenous sedation to facilitate the treatment. If so, you will be fully informed and prepared. You will  need someone to drive you home afterwards.

- During Surgery
- After Surgery
- Risks and Complications
- Call Your Us If...
- Follow-up Exam

During Surgery

Before surgery begins, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. You may be aware during the actual procedure, but you will be made to feel as comfortable as possible. Incisions will be closed with sutures and may be covered with a protective dressing.

After Surgery

When you are rested and ready, you can return home, where you may wish to take it easy for a day or two. You may have a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics. Be sure to follow our instructions about activities, eating, not smoking, oral hygiene, and care for your dressing. You may be instructed to apply an ice pack to reduce any swelling that may occur.

Risks and Complications

You may experience any of the following:

- some discomfort
- slight weakness or fatigue
- exposure of more tooth or crown margins
- temporary increase in tooth sensitivity and mobility

Call Your Us If:

- you have excessive bleeding or swelling.
- stitches (sutures) become undone.
- the dressing comes off or is uncomfortable.
- you feel persistent pain.
- you have a fever.
- you have any questions.

Follow-up Examination

Dr. Perlus will schedule follow-up visits to make sure you are healing properly and to evaluate future steps in your treatment.