According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all Americans have some form of gum disease. For many, a round of antibiotics or a trip to Roxbury, MA dentist H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. for root planing and scaling is enough to reverse the condition. For others, however, more advanced treatment, including flap surgery, may be necessary.
What is Flap Surgery?
Flap surgery is a common dental procedure in which a dentist will fold a patient's gums away from his or her teeth and clean out the space in between them. The dentist may also repair the bone, if needed. Flap surgery is a fairly simple dental procedure, but it does require a few days of recovery time.
When is Flap Surgery Needed?
A dentist in West Roxbury, MA will typically recommend flap surgery for moderate to severe cases of gum disease, particularly those which have not been effectively treated by antibiotics or root planing and scaling. This not only removes any existing gum disease, but it also helps prevent the disease from spreading to the rest of the body, where it could cause further harm.
What Should I Expect During Flap Surgery?
Before the procedure, your dentist in West Roxbury, MA will clean your teeth and evaluate your overall health to make sure that surgery is a safe option for you.
During the procedure, your dentist will numb the area, carefully separate your gums from your teeth, and gently fold your gums over. Once your dentist has a clear view of the area, he or she will clean out any infection and eliminate any bone defects. Once the area has been cleaned, your dentist will reattach your gums and send you home to heal.
Is Flap Surgery Right for Me?
If you have moderate to severe gum disease, flap surgery may be right for you. Only a dentist can let you know for sure, however, so be sure to call Dr. Wehbe in West Roxbury, MA to set up an appointment for a consultation today.
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