What is flap surgery?

Periodontal flap surgery is a treatment we may recommend to treat periodontitis (severe gum disease). If other treatments, such as scaling and root planing (deep cleanings) or antibiotic treatment, have not produced the desired results, our dentists may recommend flap surgery. During this treatment, we pull back a section of the gum tissue in order to thoroughly clean the roots of the teeth and, if needed, repair damaged bone structure. We clean bacteria, plaque, and tartar off of the roots of the teeth. Depending on your needs, we may also smooth and reshape the bone structure to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing irritation and infection. The bone may also need a bone graft to repair bone loss and encourage the growth of healthy bone tissue. The bone graft may be taken from another part of the body or may be comprised of a synthetic bonelike material. After we have completed the flap surgery procedure, we sew the gum tissues back in place. In most cases, it takes just a couple of days to recover from flap surgery in Dearborn, Michigan.

Do I need flap surgery?

If your smile has not responded satisfactorily to antibiotic treatment or scaling and root planing, we may suggest flap surgery. At Dearborn West Dental, Drs. Farber and Farber work closely with Dr. Ana Janic, to ensure we provide the treatment your smile needs. We welcome you to call or visit us soon to learn more about flap surgery and our other gum treatment options.