Bleeding Gums can be an indicator of other systemic conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure, immune deficiency, mal nutrition, anemia, etc. Heart failure has also been linked to gum disease. We think that it is of utmost importance to maintain healthy gums. Our Dentists’ stress on timely check-ups to prevent the occurrence and/or progress of any type of gum disease.
Treatment of Gum Disease requires good compliance from the patients side, since regular follow-ups and oral hygiene needs to be strictly adhered to.
What to Expect During Gingival Flap Surgery
Removing plaque—a naturally occurring, thin, invisible film of sticky bacteria—can help prevent existing periodontal (gum) disease from getting worse. In the long run, this can help save your teeth.1,2 When plaque remains on the teeth for a while, it gradually hardens to form calculus or tartar. Calculus usually forms beneath the gumline 4 and contains many harmful bacteria. If you have serious gum disease, we may suggest gingival flap surgery. This lets us remove more calculus and plaque from the root of the tooth than treatments that don’t require surgery, such as scaling and root planing.
During flap surgery, the gum is cut and folded back (this folded gum is called a flap) so that the root of the tooth is exposed. Then the root can be cleaned, and plaque and calculus is removed.1 The gums are then secured back into place with stitches.
We may use substances that can help rebuild new bone and tissue around the tooth. These may include bone grafts or special proteins that can grow bone.
In a few weeks, the gums will reattach to the bone. This helps repair damage caused by gum disease.
You may have some pain and swelling after your gum surgery. We can help you manage it as you heal.