PERIO - Periodontal Practice Today
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Wound Management and Postoperative Care
Christgau, Michael
The ultimate goal of wound management in periodontal surgery is a tension-free primary wound closure which reduces postoperative problems, healing time, and the risk of bacterial contamination of the wound area to a minimum. Modern minimally invasive, microsurgical concepts using multilayered suturing approaches with thin monofilament suture materials facilitate primary wound closure and increase the predictability of an undisturbed primary wound healing. The major goal of postoperative care is - besides reduction of the postoperative patient-related problems - a stringent infection control of the operated area. This comprises the application of antiseptic mouthrinses by the patient as well as the monitoring and cleansing of the wound by the dentist at short intervals. For long-term protection of the healing result, supportive periodontal therapy is necessary, which is provided at regular intervals according to the individual treatment needs of each patient.

Keywords: periodontal surgery/therapy, wound management, postoperative care, wound healing, suture technique