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Gum disease is shockingly prevalent in the American population. Minor gum inflammation like gingivitis is often related to an inconsistent or ineffective daily oral hygiene routine.

Should you fail to attend your regularly scheduled dental checkup and cleaning, the early gum inflammation of gingivitis can gradually worsen. Over time it could worsen into the more serious periodontal infection, which is known as periodontitis.

This severe form of gum disease can gradually cause your gum line to recede. This can cause small pockets of infection form in your gums near the roots of your teeth. Over time this level of gum infection can eventually cause the loss of multiple teeth.

In a case of severe periodontitis, the most effective treatment plan might call for a dentist like Dr. Smith to perform a gingival flap surgery. This outpatient oral surgery typically requires full sedation. Afterward, you will need someone to drive you home while the sedative effect gradually dissipates.

This treatment process starts with Dr. Smith making a small incision in your periodontal tissues. This allows direct access to any infected material near the roots of your teeth. Once all the infected material has been removed some your healthy gum tissues will be adapted over the base of your teeth to restore a healthy, natural gum line.

If necessary prescription antibiotics or pain medication might be included in your recovery plan. This will help to remove all traces of infection from your periodontal tissues, and while allowing you to recover without undue discomfort.   

If you live in the Merced, California, area and you have a gum health concern, you should call 209-205-4657 to seek treatment at Scott A. Smith DDS.