Treating Advanced Periodontal Disease with Gum Flap Surgery
Periodontal disease can progress quickly, taking a serious toll on your oral health. Gum flap surgery by Dr. Chetan S. Patil in Englewood, NJ, can treat severe gum disease when nonsurgical treatments such as scaling and root planing are insufficient. Dr. Patil is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology who has been serving our community for over 40 years. His specialized training can help you control advanced gum disease and experience restored oral health.
Who Is a Candidate?
Patients with advanced periodontitis can benefit from gum flap surgery. Symptoms include:
- Inflammation and bleeding of the gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth mobility
- Severe gum recession
- Tooth loss
- Persistent halitosis
During a consultation with Dr. Patil, he will check for signs of periodontal disease and measure the pockets around the teeth. If you have mild to moderate periodontal disease, nonsurgical treatments may suffice. However, cases of advanced gum disease will likely require surgery.
In most cases, patients are able to return to work in a few days and can resume light activity in about one week.
How Is Gum Flap Surgery Performed?
First, your dentist or hygienist will remove any tartar that has accumulated around the teeth. Next, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the gums. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Patil will make an incision along the gum line and gently create a flap to access the roots and surrounding bone structure. Once this step is complete, all plaque, tartar, debris, food particles, and infected tissue will be removed using specialized scalers and other instruments. Dr. Patil then smooths any bone defects to help prevent issues from reoccurring.
If significant bone loss has occurred, a bone graft procedure may be performed at the same time. Finally, the gum tissue is repositioned and the incision is closed with sutures. In many cases, periodontal dressing, or an intraoral bandage, is placed to protect the area during the first few days of recovery.
What to Expect during Recovery
As with most surgical procedures, some level of discomfort is to be expected following gum flap surgery. This can be managed with prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers.
Swelling is a common side effect as well. This is perfectly normal and should not be a cause for concern. Inflammation and swelling can be reduced with the application of a cold compress, which can be placed on the external jaw in 20-minute increments.
In most cases, patients are able to return to sedentary work in a few days and can resume light physical activity in about one week. You will also be given post-operative instructions to help you keep the surgical site clean during recovery.
Book Your Consultation
If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with us right away. Left untreated, advanced periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and many other issues that can take a significant toll on your health and your confidence. Contact us online or call us at (201) 567-7766 to book a consultation with Dr. Patil.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.