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Periodontal Flaps

A periodontal flap procedure is done to give us access to the roots of the teeth and the bone that are beneath the gum tissue. This is usually done as a minimally invasive procedure. The gum tissue is very gently lifted off the bone so that one or a combination of procedures may be done.

  • The roots and bone may be thoroughly cleaned.
  • The bone may be gently reshaped in areas where it has become ragged or uneven due to bone loss caused by periodontal disease (bone defects).
  • The bone may be gently reshaped to expose a fractured tooth surface.
  • Materials may be placed to try to regenerate bone and tissue in this area.

To complete this procedure, the gum tissues are closed up, usually with the gum pressed tightly to the bone to reduce the pocket depth and re-establish a normal relationship between the gum and the bone. The gum is then stitched into place and a dressing may be placed over the area. You will not be able to chew in this area for about two weeks.

The area will be checked about 7-14 days after the procedure has been done and approximately 4 weeks later to ensure that healing is taking place as it should. Regeneration procedures will be followed for 6 months.

This procedure is done under local anesthesia (freezing) and there is usually no pain involved. You may experience some pain after the freezing comes out, but this is not always the case.