Open Flap Debridement Procedure
What is Open Flap Debridement?
During an open flap debridement procedure, the periodontist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to gain access to the root of the affected tooth. This flap of gum tissue is then carefully lifted to expose the underlying bone and root surface. The periodontist will then thoroughly clean the root surface of the tooth, removing any plaque, calculus, and infected tissue. This process is known as debridement.
Once the debridement process is complete, the periodontist will place the gum tissue back over the bone and tooth root and use small stitches to secure the flap in place. The gum tissue will then heal and reattach to the bone, creating a tight seal around the tooth.
Why perform an Open Flap Debridement Procedure?
Open flap debridement is a highly effective treatment for advanced periodontal disease. It is typically recommended for patients who have deep pockets around their teeth, where bacteria and plaque can accumulate and cause further damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues. The procedure not only removes the source of the infection but also allows the periodontist to thoroughly clean the root surface, promoting healing and preventing future infections.
At the office of Dr. Jay Platt and Dr. Upasna Janu, in Schererville, Indiana, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing the highest quality periodontal care to our patients, including open flap debridement procedures. If you are experiencing symptoms of advanced periodontal disease, such as bleeding gums, bad breath, or loose teeth, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to help restore your oral health and keep your smile looking its best.