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Gingival Flap Surgery: Follow up

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 18, 2013
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  • You will be prescribed pain medication to control the discomfort.
  • Your dentist may prescribe antimicrobial mouth rinses.
  • Follow up with your dentist 7 to 10 days after the surgery.
  • Apply an ice or cold pack to the outside of your mouth for pain relief.

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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.

 

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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.

  • You will be prescribed pain medication to control the discomfort after the procedure. Just make sure that you take medications and painkillers as prescribed. Some patients may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent an infection.
  • Your dentist may prescribe antimicrobial mouth rinses containing chlorhexidine after the surgery. Rinse mouth only after 24 hours.
  • Using warm salt water to rinse mouth so as to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  • Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  • Abstaining from strenuous physical activity as it could cause bleeding.
  • Eat soft foods such and gradually add solid foods to your diet as the area heals.
  • Not lie flat as there could be complications such as bleeding.
  • Careful tooth brushing.
  • Apply an ice or cold pack to the outside of your mouth for pain relief.
  • Not smoke or drink.
  • Follow up with your dentist 7 to 10 days after the surgery.


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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