Dr. Samuel Koo may recommend flap surgery to remove bacteria and tartar from the roots of your teeth. Also known as gingivectomy, this treatment helps to eliminate harmful bacteria from your mouth and reduce gum inflammation so that you can begin the process of regaining your oral health. To learn more about flap surgery in Kennebunk, Maine, and to make an appointment with our periodontist, call Kennebunk Center for Dentistry today at 207-985-7944.

At any given moment, there are dozens of different strains of bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria produce acids which inflame and infect your gums, causing or worsening periodontal disease. A flap surgery helps to:

  • Remove harmful bacteria and tartar, reducing further bacterial spread
  • Halt bone loss
  • Reduce periodontal pockets
  • Facilitate better at-home care

When you receive this treatment, our periodontist will first administer a local anesthetic to help you feel comfortable during your procedure. He will then gently pull back your gums from your teeth in order to remove the bacteria and calculus in your mouth. After performing this treatment, he will administer an antimicrobial liquid to kill any remaining bacteria and encourage healing. Your gums will then be placed back into their proper positions and sutured into place for a few days during the healing process.

You might experience some sensitivity in your teeth and gums following your treatment. You should see an improvement in your oral health within a few weeks after receiving flap surgery.

We invite you to contact our office for more information about flap surgery and to set up a consultation with our board-certified periodontist.