Could a Gingival Flap Procedure Improve Your Oral Health?
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Dr. Dennison
Maintaining good oral health is something most people learn at a young age. Despite knowing that it is important to care for your teeth and gums, many people fail to maintain the best oral health.
Gum disease is very common along with many other issues surrounding your oral health. The good news is that there are plenty of tools to help improve your oral health. For some, the use of a gingival flap procedure can help.
What is the Gingival Flap Procedure?
Gum disease is a result of bacterial growth on the teeth and gums. When it is left untreated, the bacteria form plaque and tartar. The plaque and tartar spread to below the gum line. They form pockets between the gums and teeth that are very difficult to clean. If the bacteria continue to grow in these pockets, the gum disease will progress.
The gingival flap procedure involves separating the gums and the teeth to allow our dental professionals to reach the root of the teeth and the bone where the bacteria grow. The gums are folded back temporarily during the procedure. This allows for the cleaning of the bacteria on the roots of the teeth and the bone. After the removal of the bacteria, the flap is put back and stitched in place.
What Does it Do
It is difficult if not impossible to clean out the bacteria in pockets near the roots and bone of the teeth. Without cleaning out the bacteria, the gum disease will continue to progress. Being able to reach these areas allows the teeth to start to repair the damage that the bacteria caused. Over time, it can help reverse the spread of the gum disease and improve the oral health of the individual involved.
A gingival flap procedure is a surgical procedure. Like any surgical procedure, there are risks involved and it does require some form of aftercare. Despite this, it is often the best way to help a person suffering from gum disease to improve their oral health.
For more information about this and any other dental issues, contact the professionals at our offices today.