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What Is Flap Surgery?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Cornell Dental
Smiling woman touching her face and looking uncomfortable. Flap surgery might sound like a term straight out of a medical drama, but it is essentially a dental procedure aimed at treating periodontal (gum) diseases. Think of it as a bit of a rescue mission for your gums.

Why Flap Surgery?

So, why do we need this procedure? Flap surgery becomes necessary when gum diseases reach an advanced stage, and those sneaky bacteria decide to set up camp below your gum line. This surgery gives your dentist access to the roots of your teeth for a deep clean and a chance to fix what has gone awry.

The Nuts and Bolts of the Procedure

During flap surgery, the dentist or periodontist gently lifts a section of your gum tissue to expose the roots of your teeth and the bone underneath. This way, they can remove the icky stuff causing all the trouble, such as plaque, tartar, and any damaged tissue.

Local Anesthesia

Worried about pain? Fear not, because local anesthesia is the superhero here. It ensures you are comfortable throughout the procedure, making it a relatively painless experience. Your gums might feel a bit tender afterward, but that is just your mouth healing like the champ it is.

Healing and Recovery

Speaking of healing, post-surgery care is crucial. Our dentist will guide you on how to care for your gums during the recovery period. It might involve gentle cleaning, avoiding certain foods, and maybe a bit of TLC for your mouth.

When Is Flap Surgery Needed?

Flap surgery is not a go-to for every gum woe. It is usually recommended when gum diseases have progressed to a point where a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, is not enough. Our dentist will assess your situation and recommend the best course of action. Ultimately, if our dentist suggests flap surgery, know that it is a step toward reclaiming the health of your gums and ensuring your smile stays on the bright side.
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