Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, can severely affect your oral and overall health. Over time, it can lead to gum recession, bone loss, and even affect your ability to eat.
Fortunately, Dr. Chetan Patil can perform gum flap surgery and other procedures to completely restore you oral health, improve your comfort, and boost your self-confidence.
Why should you choose to undergo gum flap surgery at our practice?
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 5 percent of adults aged 20 to 64 have moderate to severe gum disease. While mild to moderate periodontitis can often be treated with scaling and root planing alone, you will most likely need gum flap surgery if you are diagnosed with more serious forms of gum disease.
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.
Combining Treatment with a Bone Graft
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.
Periodontal Associates, LLC
At Periodontal Associates, LLC, we want to help our patients get back to living their lives as quickly and safely as possible. Chetan Patil, PhD, DDS, and his team pride themselves on their flexible financing options, extensive continuing education, and personalized care.
To experience this level of care firsthand, request an appointment online or call us at (201) 567-7766.
“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.