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Taking care of your mouth is essential for keeping it healthy and preventing serious oral health issues. To maintain a healthy mouth, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also have your mouth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. Even occasionally skipping any part of your oral hygiene routine can increase your risk for developing complications, including gum disease. Gum disease is a serious issue that worsens over time. Not only does it affect your gums, but it can also impact your jawbone, your teeth, and your overall health. If you have advanced gum disease, Implants & Periodontal Arts can help to restore your oral health with flap surgery.
The Formation of Periodontal Pockets
When you have gum disease, the bacteria and plaque on your teeth irritate your gums. This irritation triggers an inflammatory response that causes the tissue to swell. Eventually, the swollen tissue begins to pull away from your teeth, which leads to the formation of periodontal pockets, or gaps between the gum tissue and the teeth. Pockets easily collect bacteria, plaque, and other debris, which cannot be removed with brushing and flossing. This new accumulation causes more irritation and swelling, which causes the pockets to continue to grow deeper.
How Gum Disease Affects Your Jawbone
When periodontal pockets grow deep enough, the bacteria can access your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. They begin to attack these structures as well. As they do, the bone around your teeth begins to weaken and bony defects, or areas of bone loss, begin to develop. These bony defects become perfect hiding places for bacteria, which can continue attacking your jawbone and gum tissue, even if you undergo a gum disease treatment like scaling and root planing. Over time, the bone can weaken so much that your teeth become loose and unstable. You may even be left with tooth loss.
What is Flap Surgery?
When the periodontal pockets are too deep, and your oral health cannot be restored with scaling and root planing, flap surgery may become necessary. This surgical procedure is designed to thoroughly clean all of the surfaces of your teeth, including the roots. It also involves smoothing bony defects and cleaning the bone as well. Depending on the amount of bone loss, a bone graft may be necessary to repair the damage. With this treatment, we can more effectively stop the progression of advanced gum disease so that your mouth can begin to heal.
Benefits of Flap Surgery
There are several benefits associated with flap surgery, including:
- Eliminating hiding places in the jawbone for oral bacteria.
- Stopping the progression of gum disease.
- Allowing your gums to begin reattaching to the bone and teeth.
- Improving your oral health.
- Improving the quality of your smile.
Is Flap Surgery Right for Me?
Before you undergo flap surgery, a consultation is necessary to determine if it is the right solution for you. We examine your mouth closely, noting the depth of your periodontal pockets and the amount of buildup on the teeth. Dental X-rays allow us to see the damage to your jawbone. We also go over your medical history, taking note of any existing conditions that you have as well as what medications you are on. We can help to determine if this treatment is the right solution for you.
If your gum disease has advanced, causing deeper periodontal pockets and bone loss, flap surgery may be the solution for you. Call Implants & Periodontal Arts at 602-825-2211 to schedule your appointment today.
Implants & Periodontal Arts / Endo Arts
Chandan Walia D.D.S.
3800 W Ray Road, Ste B6 Chandler, AZ 85226
Mon 9:00 - 5:00
Tue 9:00 - 5:00
Wed 9:00 - 5:00
Thu 9:00 - 5:00
Fri 9:00 - 5:00
Sat 9:00 - 2:00