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Without professional treatment minor gum inflammation issues with gingivitis, will gradually worsen into the more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis. In time the periodontal infection can cause your gumline to pull back from your teeth allowing pockets of bacterial material to accumulate near the roots of your teeth, which could lead to tooth loss.

Treating gum disease this severe might require a dentist like Dr. James Shaheen may need to perform a gingival flap procedure. If you choose deep sedation, you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home while the sedative effect fully dissipates.

The gingival flap procedure involves our dentist making a small incision in the affected periodontal tissues to access and remove the bacterial deposits. Once this is done, he will adapt the remaining healthy gum tissues to restore some semblance of your natural gumline.

Recovery measures will likely include prescriptions for pain medication and a possible course of antibiotics. These medications will need to be taken as directed to eliminate any lingering infection while you recover comfortably. Our dentist will provide you with any other necessary recovery instructions.

If you live in the New Hudson, Michigan, area and you have been struggling with chronic gum disease problems, you should call 734-707-8764 to set up an examination at Smiles of Grand River.