what to expect during gum surgery
Candidates for gum surgery include patients who have had unsuccessful results with traditional periodontal disease treatments. Although gum surgery can include several different techniques, the most commonly performed for advanced periodontal disease includes gum flap surgery. Before surgery begins, the doctor will adequately clean your teeth and numb your gums with a local anesthetic. This creates a sterilized environment and optimal comfort.
An incision will be made along the gum line above the affected teeth to create a flap that can be gently lifted back to expose the infected roots of the teeth. The doctor will perform a more detailed scaling and root planing procedure using special handheld and ultrasonic instruments to remove the unhealthy bacteria and hardened plaque along the root structure. He will then carefully smooth the root surface of the tooth to prevent further bacteria from getting trapped. The bone surrounding the tooth will also be reshaped before the gum tissue is repositioned and tightly sutured in placed.