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Gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis are serious conditions. If left unchecked, your periodontitis might require surgery. If so, you’ll need to know what to expect and things you can do to help speed the recovery process.

The type of procedure you had will influence your general recovery time. It’s a good idea to plan your meals a good week or two in advance. You want to focus on eating cool and soft foods. Drinking plenty of liquids is always recommended, just be sure not to drink through a straw. The suction of drinking through a straw can affect the healing gum tissues.

Tobacco use in any form can have a serious negative impact on gum tissue. It irritates the gum tissue, which increases the healing time while also putting the gums at risk for infection. If you do use tobacco, you should talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation program.

It’s a good idea to stop smoking a few weeks in advance. In some cases, nicotine withdrawal can stress the body and impede the immune system. The type of tobacco cessation program you choose can also have an impact. Try to choose a program that doesn’t use nicotine lozenges or gum as these can also irritate healing gum tissue.

Let your doctor, dentist and periodontist know about any prescription medications you are taking.

If you have questions about planning for your procedure or things you can do to help the recovery process, please call us at 734-973-7450 to schedule an appointment.