If you have struggled with gum disease for a long period of time and it has developed into advanced periodontitis your dentist might refer you a periodontist for gum surgery. Left untreated advanced gum disease can have serious implications for your oral health. The infection can cause loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth. This infection can also cause systemic inflammation which can also have a negative impact on other medical conditions.
There are different gum surgeries available. The most common is a gingival flap procedure. The procedure can usually be done on an outpatient basis. During the procedure a small incision is made in the gum near the base of the teeth. This helps to expose the infected material and remove it. They then adapt your remaining gum tissue to move it farther up your teeth. This restores some of the protection previously afforded by your gums and gives your body the opportunity to heal while reducing inflammation.
If you have gum disease, receding gums or periodontitis and you are concerned that you might need a procedure to resolve it, please feel free to call us at 601-849-0225 to schedule an appointment.