Left unchecked gingivitis can advance into periodontitis, which can have a serious impact on your oral health and other medical conditions. If you’re periodontitis advances too far, it can cause the gum tissue to recede and allow pockets to form in the gums that can develop a serious infection. In some cases this requires surgical intervention.
Gingival flap surgery is for patients with moderate periodontitis. They then adapt your remaining gum tissue and move it farther up your teeth. This restores some of the protection previously afforded by your gums.
Gingivectomy is reserved for more severe cases of periodontitis. In this procedure the periodontist removes infected gum tissue to better expose the area that needs cleaning. This procedure is more likely if you previously had a lot of gum tissue covering the base of your teeth.
Gingivoplasty is a procedure to help repair infected or inflamed gum tissue that as receded from the teeth. In this procedure the periodontist might resect some gum tissue and then replace it with a gum graft taken from another location. One of the more common locations to take tissue from is the roof of your mouth.
If you feel that your gum disease is advancing and you would like to get a better idea of your treatment options, please feel free to call us at 952-841-0122 to schedule an appointment.