When a gum disease (periodontitis) cannot be cured by the use of antibiotics or root planning and scaling that is when a surgery is required.
This surgery is known as the flap procedure and it cleans the roots of the tooth and rectifies the damage made by the disease. The surgery is only performed by a gum specialist or an oral surgeon.
Before the surgery begins, the patient is given a local anaethesia on the area is which needs to be operated. If required, the surgeon will have to pull back a section of the gums to clean the roots of the teeth and repair the damaged bones.
The gum flap is then placed back in its place and is covered with gauze to prevent bleeding.
During the surgery, the bone is either reshaped or smoothed to prevent the plaque to re-grow. Also, the bone can be repaired with bone from another part of the body or with other artificial materials.
After the flap procedure it may take few days for the patient to recover and the operated area to heal properly. Once you are home, be sure to follow the instructions given by the doctor. You can follow these suggestions to prevent any hazards:
It is a necessity to perform flap surgery once the gum problems become severe.
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