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Gum Diseases

Periodontal

07/29/2008

Question:

I had periodontal surgery and the dentist cut away too much. It`s feels sore and sensitive all the time. I had this surgery 9 months ago. I use sonicare toothbrush, water pik, flossing, and a variety of toothbrushes. What can I do to help my gums?

Answer:

You may have severe bone loss and by doing surgery, the periodontist may try to place the gum line at bone level so that you will not have deep pockets and you can clean exposed root surfaces with special brushes.  Sensitivity is normal after periodontal surgery. We generally prescribe toothpaste with high fluoride concentration or mouth rinse containing fluoride.  If it continues, your periodontist may decide to use a special material to varnish the root surfaces or he/she may apply fluoride with special trays.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University