Failing to brush your teeth each morning and night or forgetting to floss at least once per day can allow a significant amount of tartar to build up on your teeth near the gumline. If you have a bad habit of skipping dental checkups, even moderate gum disease can become worse and develop into periodontitis. Without timely professional treatment, this severe form of gum disease could gradually cause your gums to recede from your teeth. In time, the could result in the loss of bone structure in your mouth or the loss of multiple teeth.
Treating a gum disease case this severe might call for our oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fullmer, to perform gingival flap surgery. This treatment process is typically performed on outpatient basis and requires anesthetic. Afterward, you will need someone to drive you home while the sedative dissipates. The surgery calls for the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to make a small incision in your gums. This will provide direct access to infected material that needs to be removed. Once this is done he will use the remaining healthy gum tissues to cover the base of your teeth to restore a healthy gumline. Aftercare measures may include a prescription for pain medication and possibly antibiotics. Any other recovery instructions will be explained to you before releasing you leave the office.
If you live in the Heber, Utah, area and you have the symptoms of gum disease, you should call 435-315-2050 to set up an examination at Aspire Surgical.