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Frequently Asked Questions about Periodontal Flap Surgery

Q : What is Periodontal Flap Surgery ? Why do we need it ?

If excess plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, it destroys the fibers and bones around the tooth as a result of Periodontal disease. Periodontal Flap Surgery refers to the procedure wherein the periodontist treats defects in the bone surrounding the infected teeth and eliminating periodontal pockets.

Q : What precautions need to be taken after the surgery?

Following the Periodontal Flap Surgery, a patient has to take several precautions such as :

  • Application of gentle wet gauze to the area of bleeding
  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Avoid consuming hot beverages
  • Follow the medication properly
  • Apply ice packs if there is any swelling
  • Avoid brushing on the surgical area for around 5 to 6 days

Q : What are the technological advancements in Periodontal Flap Surgery?

Several newer techniques and materials have been evolved in Periodontal Flap Surgery due to the advancement of medical science. The most recent method is regeneration wherein the lost tissues are reconstructed to a certain extent using modern techniques such as bone grafts and guided tissue regeneration.

Q : Is flap surgery a permanent cure?

Just like chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension, Periodontal Flap Surgery has no permanent cure. Even after the surgery, you’’ have to go for regular checkups.

Q : What is the cost of Periodontal Flap Surgery?

Depending upon the  needs of the patient, the cost of Periodontal Flap Surgery varies. The cost of treating gums is less as compared to replacing lost teeth.

Q : Who is the candidate for Periodontal Flap Surgery?

Periodontal Flap Surgery is recommended for people with moderate or advanced periodontitis. A treatment called scaling and root planning is done first and if it fails flap surgery is the next option.

Q : What is the recuperation period after Periodontal Flap Surgery?

After the surgery, you may experience moderate  discomfort. Your periodontist will recommend you with pain killer medicine. Except the surgical site, you should brush and floss rest of your mouth on a daily basis. The time period involves around 7 to 10 days.

Q : What are the risks involved with the Periodontal disease?

If the patient does not go for the recommended treatment, there may be chances of periodontal infections, cavities in the roots, sensitivity to hot & cold beverages and loss of teeth.


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