Flap surgery is helpful for people who have tartar buildup that is in deep pockets. The procedure involves lifting the gums off of the teeth to remove tartar buildup.
Flap surgery is typically done under local anesthesia. A small incision is made to separate the gums from the teeth. The outer gum tissue is gently folded back to give access to the roots and bone supporting the teeth to clean and repair damaged bone. The gum flap is then sewn back into place and covered with gauze to stop bleeding. Your stitches will be removed after a few days.