October 6, 2015

Flap Surgery

In more severe case with pockets of 5 to 7 mm or more flap surgery is needed to gain access to the roots for cleaning and the bone for smoothing and recontouring.

With this procedure an incision is made between the gum and tooth, and the gum is peeled back away from the neck of the tooth and the edge of the bone. The surgeon can then easily see the deep calculus and adequately debride the tooth and reshape the bone as needed. The tissue may then be returned to its former position, which minimizes cosmetic changes or repositioned down to the new bone level to minimize the pocket depth.