Surgical Periodontal Treatment

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Surgical debridement (access flap surgery)

Your Periodontist has measured the depth of your periodontal pocket(s), and access flap surgery procedure has been recommended because you have pockets that are too deep to clean effectively without direct access to the root surfaces of your teeth.

During this procedure your Periodontist lifts up the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria before stitching the gum tissue into place.  This allows the gum tissue to reattach, and for you to keep your teeth. Your teeth may increase in sensitivity for a while after the procedure. Keeping the benefits of this treatment will depend on you performing excellent home care, and long-term periodontal maintenance with your Periodontist and their team of specialist trained oral hygienists at ‘The Periodontists’.

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What are the benefits of this procedure?

Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and to maintain a healthy smile.

Deeper pockets are more difficult for you and your dental care professional to clean, so it’s important for you to reduce them. Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene – and professional maintenance care increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth — and decrease your chances of serious health problems (see main brochure) associated with periodontal disease.

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