Gingival Flap Surgery

Gum flap surgery becomes necessary when periodontal pockets are too developed for non-surgical treatments. Dentists perform the procedure to avoid infections in the gum and mouth. The normal full recovery period is two to three weeks.

What Is Gum Flap Surgery?

Gum flap surgery is a dental procedure designed to reduce periodontal pockets. These are areas of breakdown and subsequent disconnection between your gums and your teeth leading to an increase in bacteria collection and potential infection. Periodontal pockets harbor pathogens and microorganisms that promote the progression of periodontal disease.

If it progresses, the disease turns into periodontitis, leading to tooth and bone loss. In such instances, doctors will treat the condition using surgical procedures such as periodontal/gum flap surgery.