Flap Surgery

Welcome

Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming "pockets" around the teeth. Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to thrive and wreak havoc. As bacteria accumulate and advance under the gum tissue in these deep pockets, additional bone and tissue loss follows. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.

Flap surgery is sometimes performed to remove tartar deposits in deep pockets or to reduce the periodontal pocket and make it easier for you or your dental professional to keep the area clean. This common surgery involves lifting back the gums and removing the tartar. The gums are then sutured back in place so that the tissue fits snugly around the tooth again.

Advantages

Benefits of a gum flap procedure enable surgeons to smooth and reshape bone surrounding the teeth as well as to graft or repair bone utilizing a variety of materials in a procedure called a bone graft which will help support, repair, and regrow healthy tissues in the affected area.
Anyone who has suffered the pain and swelling of an infected tooth will benefit from a gum flap procedure, especially in the case of severe gum disease where antibiotics have no effect. Pain is reduced, and reduction of serious infection risks and loss of function in the jaw are just a few of the benefits of a gum flap procedure. The cosmetic benefits of a gun flap procedure will help save the tooth or several teeth, as well as chewing ability, alignment, and function.

Importanr Information

During this procedure the gums are lifted back and the tarter is removed. In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. The gums are then placed so that the tissue fits snugly around the tooth. This method reduces the size of the space between the gum and tooth, thereby decreasing the areas where harmful bacteria can grow and decreasing the chance of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.

Since fixed dentures cannot be removed, they may become susceptible to inflammation and other oral problems—but regular visits to your dentist for maintenance greatly reduces the chances of that happening. Patients will find that fixed dentures are more costly than removable dentures, however the benefits of the procedure can be well worth the added cost

Medical Services

Take care of your teeth

Do you need them??

Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum:
• Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
• A healthy lifestyle is good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.
• Help your child have healthy teeth for life by establishing a good dental health routine.
• It's important to have regular check-ups with your dentist.

Executive Health

Teeth Facts

It is important

Milk teeth
Babies' have a full set of 20 milk or baby teeth by the time they're three years old. When they reach five or six, these teeth will start to fall out, making way for adult teeth.

Adult teeth
There are 32 adult teeth in total, 12 more than in the baby set. The last four of these, called wisdom teeth, usually emerge later than the others, generally between the ages of 17 and 21.

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