Laser Flap Surgery

Flap surgery, also known as flap operation, is a type of procedure done on the gums in your teeth. The gums are separated from the teeth and folded backwards for a certain period so that your dentist can easily reach the root of the tooth and the bone. This surgery is mainly done to treat a condition called periodontitis.

Periodontal flap surgery describes the state-of-the-art techniques and most commonly used approach to the surgical treatment and plastic surgical repair of periodontal pockets. “Pocketing” is the result of inflammation and infection that causes the loss of tissue attachment to the teeth, which is a common consequence of periodontal (gum) disease.

How Is Flap Surgery Done?

Your dentist will use a scalpel to lift and fold back the gums so as to get a clear view and easy access. With the obstruction removed, the dentist now has free access to the roots and the bone supporting the teeth and will remove the diseased tissue will. Once this is done, the surgery is completed by sewing the gums back into their original positions by either using dissolvable stitches or other stitches that should be removed in 7-10 days. (In a lot of cases, a bone graft will be additionally required to achieve reattachment of the gum tissue to the root surface of the tooth.)

Laser Flap Surgery is done in a single sitting, which is a painless, bloodless, and a stitchless process, which, unlike the traditional gum treatment, will be more comfortable for you. The major advantage to this treatment is that you will not be able to notice any changes and your gums will look as though they have never been worked upon.

Some other advantages are:

  • Painless Procedure
  • Less Bleeding
  • No Cut or Reflection of soft tissue
  • No Sutures [stiches] required
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less trauma [injury] to tissue
  • Less Post Treatment discomfort
  • Decreased Sensitivity
  • Less procedure time
  • Faster Healing
  • Biostimulation of tissues

What After The Procedure?

There are considerable side effects from the surgery than the ones that follow any surgical procedure. There is a chance for you to encounter slight bleeding and swelling and a chance to develop infections are high.

The recovery process does not take long, and it is mandatory for you to take the painkillers and medications that your dentist prescribes regularly. Make sure to take soft foods for a few weeks and avoid any pressure on the teeth and gums.

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