Inconsistency in your oral hygiene routine can allow plaque buildup to harden into tartar at the gum line. Left unchecked this can lead to the advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This can cause pockets of infection in your gums, damage the roots of teeth, result in a loss of bone material and even cause systemic inflammation that influences other medical conditions.
Deeply infected gum tissue might require Gingival flap surgery to completely remove the infection and allow the gums to heal.
The procedure is usually performed on outpatient basis and requires deep sedation for your comfort. You will need to have a friend of family drive you and help you out at home until you are back on your feet.
The procedure involves a periodontist or oral surgeon making a small incision in the gums to expose the pockets of infection. Once the infection has been cleared, they will adapt the remaining healthy gum tissue over the base of your teeth.
Aftercare will include a soft foods diet during recovery. They might also prescribe antibiotics, painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication to help deal with pain or any lingering infection.
If you have gum disease, or receding gums and you are concerned that you might need a procedure to resolve it, please feel free to call us at 703-858-5990 to schedule an appointment.