Gum flap surgery is a traditional approach to treating receding gums and their effects. In this procedure, your gums are cut away from your teeth with a scalpel, allowing a periodontist to clean and treat the affected area. Afterward, the gums are stitched back together.
If you have been told you need gum flap surgery, we encourage you to get a second opinion from a doctor familiar with the much less invasive Ravon Gum Rejuvenation Method. You may be able to get similar results with a shorter recovery time and less discomfort. Please call (949) 556-4588 or contact our office in Irvine.
What Is Gum Flap Surgery?
Gum flap surgery is a treatment for receding gums caused by periodontal disease. The gums are cut away from the teeth to expose the infected area. This area is then thoroughly cleaned. Antibiotics may be applied. If bone loss has occurred, bone grafting materials may also be used.
Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned and treated, the gums are sewn back in place. Sometimes a gum graft is also used to restore your gums.
When Gum Surgery Is Needed
Gum surgery is a treatment for periodontal disease. It is recommended when your gum disease may threaten teeth and bones, and requires deep intervention. Gum surgery is not necessary if you have receding gums for other reasons, or if the state of your gums suggests that there is little risk of major bone loss. Gum rejuvenation will work well in these cases.
Recovery from Gum Flap Surgery
After gum flap surgery, you can expect a prolonged recovery period. Bleeding may be excessive, and you may have to change gauze pads frequently to avoid them becoming saturated. You have to lay down with your head elevated to promote clotting.
You will have a course of prescription painkillers that are intended to control the pain for the first week or so. While you’re taking pain medication, your activity may be limited—you won’t be able to drive or work. Expect swelling for at least the first 48 hours. You will likely have bruising in the facial area from the procedure. Sutures in your gums can be felt and will remain in place for about a week. Dissolvable sutures will take one or two weeks to dissolve.
After your gum flap surgery, you will have to keep to a soft diet for at least two weeks. This not only means you will be eating cream of wheat and overcooked pasta, it means you have to avoid spicy or seasoned food that can irritate your gums.
In contrast, gum rejuvenation recovery takes a few hours. You can use over-the-counter pain medication, will have no sutures, and little bleeding. You may be able to eat a regular meal that night.