If you have severe gum disease, or periodontitis, non-surgical procedures like scaling and root planing are likely not enough. To clean the tooth roots and repair bone damage, Dr. Jack Schwarcz may perform pocket depth reduction, which is also called flap surgery, in Center Line, Michigan.

Our periodontist will numb the area before beginning the procedure. The gums are pulled back to clean the tooth roots. If needed, damaged bone is also repaired. Depending on your needs, the bone may be smoothed and reshaped so that plaque has a harder time attaching to it. The bone may also be restored using a bone graft from another part of the body or with man-made materials. This will help the bone to grow back. The gum flap will then be stitched back into place.

It usually takes a few days to recover from flap surgery. Follow any instructions that our periodontist gives you to aid the healing process, including:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and soreness
  • Change gauze pads as needed
  • Relax after surgery

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Eastside Periodontics today.