Left untreated the gum inflammation of gingivitis can gradually worsen. Over time the bacterial presence of hardened tartar could worsen into the more serious periodontal infection of periodontitis.
This severe type of periodontal disease can gradually cause your gumline to recede from your teeth. As this continues to develop small bacterial pockets can start to accumulate in your gums near the roots of your teeth. Without professional treatment this level of periodontal disease can eventually lead to the loss of multiple teeth.
Chronic cases of periodontitis might call for the expertise of an oral surgeon to perform a gingival flap treatment. This outpatient oral surgery often requires full sedation. This means you will need someone to drive you home while the sedative effect gradually dissipates.
During the gingival flap treatment, our oral surgeon makes a small incision in your gum tissues. This provides him with direct access to any infected material. Once the bacterial presence has been alleviated he will adapt your gums to the base of your teeth to restore a natural gumline.
Our oral surgeon will provide you with any necessary prescriptions antibiotics or pain medication. This will help to remove all traces of infection from your periodontal tissues and minimize discomfort.
If you live in the Los Angeles, California, area and you have been struggling with chronic gum disease, you should call 310-641-6124 to seek treatment at Oral Surgery Partners. Dr. Barry Johnsin, Dr. Trent Westernoff, or Dr. Martin Mardirosian are here to help you receive the quality oral care you deserve!