Gingival flap surgery is a type of gum procedure which is needed for severe gum disease (periodontitis) that cannot be cured with antibiotics or root planning and scaling. It is a flap procedure that cleans the roots of a tooth and repairs bone damage caused by gum disease.
An oral surgeon or a gum specialist (periodontist) usually performs the procedure. They pull back a section of your gums to clean the roots of your teeth and repair damaged bone. Then the gum flap will be sewn back into place and covered with gauze to stop the bleeding.
Through the surgery, the doctor may smooth and reshape your bone so that plaque has fewer places to grow.
You might take only a few days to recover from flap procedure if you will follow all the home care instructions given to you by your dentist. You will be asked to take care of the following.
A few days after the procedure, your dentist will remove the stitches. Follow up of gingival flap surgery helps preventing many gum-related conditions. Your gums will return to being pink and healthy again.
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