Surgical Flap Debridement

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This is an advanced level of treatment whereby a minor surgical procedure is required to clean out stubborn areas of periodontal infection. Patients requiring surgical flap debridement often have persistent areas of non-resolving gum infection, despite having been through the initial phase of gum disease treatment.
 
Surgical flap debridement is performed under a local anaesthetic. The gum is lifted, revealing any remaining infected tissue and/or bacterial deposits. The region is then cleaned out surgically and assessment is made as to whether any bone or soft tissue advanced procedures are indicated. The clean surgical site is now closed using sutures (stitches)