If you have poor oral hygiene, your smile may also have dangerous amounts of tartar buildup along your gum line. Tartar is the most common cause of gum disease, which is a periodontal infection. If we don’t treat the infection early and reduce inflammation, your gums can begin to pull away from your teeth and cause severe complications for your oral health.
Gum recession resulting from advanced gum disease may be corrected with a procedure known as gingival flap surgery. This is often the most effective treatment for severe gum disease, as it can restore the healthy condition of your gums.
Gingival flap surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis requiring the use of sedation, which means you should arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after. Following a small incision in your gums, Dr. Fullmer can directly access the infected tissues around the tooth roots and remove them. Then, he can reposition some of your healthy gum tissue to cover the roots of your teeth.
Following surgery, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon can prescribe prescription antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, or painkillers to prevent infection and help you recover comfortably. If you have concerns about your periodontal health and are wondering about the nature of gingival flap surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah, please contact Aspire Surgical at 801-487-3264 today.