Gingivitis caused by tartar buildup at the gum line and poor oral hygiene can advance into periodontitis. Left unchecked this advanced infection and inflammation can cause your gums to recede from your teeth. When this happens, it creates pockets in the gums that can harbor bacterial infection near the roots of your teeth. This can also cause loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.
The most common procedure to resolve this issue is known as gingival flap surgery.
A gingival flap procedure can be done on an outpatient basis and usually required deep sedation. This means you will need someone to drive you and possibly stay with you for a day or two afterward to help you get back on your feet.
The procedure involves a periodontist or oral surgeon making a small incision is made in the gums at the base of your teeth. This exposes the infected material, allowing it to be completely removed. Once the infection has been resolved, they will adapt some your health gum tissue over the base of your teeth. This restores some of the protection previously afforded by your gums and gives your body the opportunity to heal while reducing inflammation.
Afterward the surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to help deal with any lingering systemic inflammation. They may also prescribe pain killers or anti-inflammatory medication to help deal with discomfort during recovery.
If you have gum disease, or receding gums and you are concerned that you might need a procedure to resolve it, please feel free to call us at 408-378-2890 to schedule an appointment.