Your dentist has diagnosed you with periodontitis; now what? Fortunately, with time and proper treatment, this gum disease is treatable. At Miracle Dental Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida, gum flap surgery can help clean the areas of your teeth beneath your gums and promote healthy tissue growth. Learn more about this outpatient treatment, offered by Dr. May Yajzi-Corey and associates.
What is periodontitis?
Gum disease happens when the gum tissue is exposed to plaque. Over time, the bacteria in plaque begins to break down the gum tissue and cause problems. Gum disease has two phases: gingivitis is the first, milder form and can progress to periodontitis if treatment from your Pembroke Pines dentist is not sought in enough time. The toxins in plaque bacteria cause the gum tissue to become inflamed and detached from the teeth, which in turn causes more food particles and bacteria to collect in the “pockets” that form. Over time, the teeth can become loose and fall out due to the loss of structure of both the gum tissue and jawbone.
How does flap surgery help?
Your Pembroke Pines dentist will begin the process of flap surgery by treating your gums with a local anesthetic. This will thoroughly numb the area and keep you comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Yazji-Corey or Dr. Rodriguez will then gently expose the roots of your teeth and clean the areas. The bone may also require a graft or reshaping to ensure a successful procedure. Using sutures, the gum tissue will be securely reattached when your Pembroke Pines dentist is finished. The goal of flap surgery is to return blood flow to the gums and reinforce the bone beneath them.
If you’re concerned about your oral health and wonder if you might have gum disease, contact Miracle Dental Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida. An evaluation from your Pembroke Pines dentist will help determine the best course of action for any dental problem you may be experiencing.
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