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Post Gum Flap Surgery

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Posted by: Venicebaby  (9 years ago)

Two weeks ago, I had a gum flap procedure on my lower right second molar. This tooth had a root canal done and a few months after the procedure, the gum problem started. The periodontist said I needed to have gum flap surgery done. I agreed and had the procedure done. Bad tissues were scraped off of the bone then the bone around the tooth was filled and smoothed. The procedure went fine. The periodontist told me all’s well.

However, a few days later I had a dull pain on the gum. It was very uncomfortable to chew on that side and I had extreme sensitivity to anything hot. The dentist said the pain and sensitivity will go away, it just take some time. Has anyone else experienced this? How long did the discomfort last? I would be grateful for you feedback.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
Hey Venicebaby,

Sorry to hear about your overly sensitive tooth. Since your gum flap procedure has been a recent one, the increased sensitivity is only a common side-effect that will usually subside on its own later. Just make sure you rigorously follow your dentist's advice on maintaining that part of your teeth and everything will fall into place.

Having said that, one of the risks of undergoing a flap surgery, in future, is hypersensitivity to hot/cold and an increased tendency towards root caries. This is most likely due to the fact that the gums (that underwent flap) around your tooth don't seal tight anymore and foreign agents (bacteria, hot/cold substances) have an easier time messing with the roots of your tooth.

Be well!