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What is the Most Common Periodontal Surgery?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Andrew Admin
a close up of a mouth with inflamed gumsIf you have a severe gum infection, a periodontist will recommend surgery as the best dental treatment option. The procedure aims at eliminating bacteria and plaque buildup from the gums, reshaping the bones, and preventing future gum disease. The most common periodontal surgery include:

Flap Surgery

It is the most common periodontal surgery that a periodontist can perform. Before the procedure, your dentist takes X-rays and blood tests to understand your dental and overall health better. You should also ensure you take a healthy diet and quit smoking days before the surgery.

In this procedure, they make cuts on the gum and surgically lift the section of the tissues back. Removal of tartar and plaque from the gums and tooth is then done. Next, they suture the gums to ensure perfect adherence to the teeth.

Flap surgery is recommended for people with gingivitis or severe gum disease. It removes any buildup of tartar or plaque accumulated on your teeth' roots. After the procedure, you will be able to have healthy gum tissues.

Any Risks of Flap Surgery

Flap surgery is generally a safe procedure done by a professional oral surgeon. However, for patients with conditions such as bleeding disorders, heart conditions, or uncontrolled diabetes, caution must be taken during the surgery. Minor bleeding and mild pain are the only side effects expected. If you note any problems such as excessive bleeding and severe pain after the surgery you should contact your dentist.

Recovery After Flap Surgery

The severity of your disease and your health determines the recovery period. Minor bleeding, mild pain, and discomfort are expected post-surgery. During this period, you should avoid smoking or chewing hard food as it can interfere with healing. The specialists will recommend that you frequently rinse yourself with an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent infections. You should also take soft foods in the recovery period.

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