If you have a more advanced stage of gum disease/periodontitis, it may not be treatable through antibiotics or a root planing & scaling procedure. In these cases, we may have to perform flap surgery to help remove the infection. Learn more about how the surgery works below.

The Flap Surgery Process

We’ll get rid of tartar and plaque around your teeth by cleaning all around your teeth and gums. To reduce the pain, we’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the area before beginning. (Note: If you are anxious or scared about surgery or dental procedures, we can use one of two types of sedation to help you relax. Ask us about these options when you make your appointment.)

What to Expect Afterward

You may experience mild/moderate pain and discomfort after the surgery. We can prescribe pain medication to help you deal with this. While the surgical site is still healing, you will need to gently clean and rinse the area regularly. You may experience swelling of your gums, which can be helped by holding an ice pack on the outside of your face.

Swelling and bleeding are normal after a flap surgery procedure. Call us if these symptoms do not go away or get worse after the first three days. This could mean you have developed an infection.

If you have any questions about flap surgery or would like to make an appointment with Dental Innovations, contact us!