Tartar at the gum line can quickly develop into gingivitis. If left unchecked gingivitis can advance into periodontitis. This advanced infection and inflammation can cause your teeth to recede from your gums, creating pockets that harbor bacteria near the roots of your teeth. Over time it can also cause loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.
There are a few different procedures to help resolve the infection and repair the damaged gum tissue. The most common method is a gingival flap surgery.
The surgery usually required deep sedation but can be done on an outpatient basis. You will likely need someone to drive you and possibly stay with you for a day or two afterward to help you get back on your feet.
During the procedure the oral surgeon or periodontist will make a small incision is made in the gums. This will expose the infected material making it easier to remove. They will then pull some your health gum tissue over the base of your teeth. This restores some of the protection previously afforded by your gums and gives your body the opportunity to heal while reducing inflammation.
Afterward the surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to help deal with any lingering systemic inflammation. They may also prescribe pain killers or anti-inflammatory medication to help deal with discomfort during recovery.
If you have gum disease, or receding gums and you are concerned that you might need a procedure to resolve it, please feel free to call us at 480-719-7941 to schedule an appointment.