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Flap Surgery

What Is Flap Surgery?

Flap surgery, also known as periodontal flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery, is a dental procedure that is performed to treat advanced stages of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.

During flap surgery, the gums are lifted or "flapped" away from the teeth, and the dentist or periodontist (a specialist in treating periodontal disease) can then access the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. The dentist or periodontist will remove the bacterial deposits and any damaged tissue, and then reshape the bone and gum tissue to promote better healing and attachment.

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      Flap Surgery is typically recommended for patients with advanced periodontal disease, where other treatments such as scaling and root planing have been unsuccessful.
      Flap Surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, so patients should not feel any pain during the procedure. However, patients may experience some discomfort and swelling after the procedure.
      The length of the Flap Surgery procedure depends on the extent of the periodontal disease and the number of teeth involved. In general, the procedure can take anywhere from one to several hours.
      Patients should follow their dentist or periodontist's instructions regarding how to prepare for Flap Surgery, which may include taking antibiotics or adjusting any medications they are currently taking.
      Flap Surgery may be covered by dental insurance if it is deemed medically necessary. However, coverage may vary depending on the patient's insurance plan.
      Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing, and having regular dental check-ups can help to prevent the development of periodontal disease and the need for Flap Surgery.
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