Flap Curretege

Flap CurretegeBy far the most common surgery used in periodontal therapy is flap surgery. Moderate to advanced periodontal disease involved gum pockets See What Is Periodontal Disease? that are too deep to clean without reflecting back the gum tissue for access. Without this access, deep calculus and plaque cannot be removed from the root, and the disease will progress. This surgical cleaning procedure is often called open flap curettage.Once the pocket is cleaned, the gum may be returned to its original level. This results in a clean root, but the deepened space is still present. Frequent cleanings by the hygienist are necessary to remove the plaque in the residual pocket that the patient cannot reach with flossing and brushing See Periodontal Maintenance. Even when there is good oral hygiene and regular quarterly recalls, the bacteria may still continue to cause the pocket to become reinfected.

 

 

 

 

 

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