Flap Surgery and your Gum Tissue
If you’ve had your teeth cleaned recently, you may have noticed your dentist measuring the pockets around your gum lines. Your teeth and gums should be snug together, but if you have gum disease (periodontal disease), the tissue around the gum is damaged and so is the bone. This makes those pockets around your gums which are the perfect hiding spot for bacteria to grow and cause even more damage.
Bacteria along and under the gum line can increase the amount of lost tissue and bone. And eventually, those teeth would be need to be removed.
If you have gum pockets, there is a way your Houston dentist can try to reverse the damage. This can be come with what we call “Flap surgery.” The surgery removes the tarter deposits in the area and can reduce the size of the pocket.
Here’s how it works: The gums are lifted back and the tarter is removed. Then the gums are sutured back to where they should be.