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Left untreated gum disease can gradually worsen from the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis into the severe infection of periodontitis. As time goes on the periodontal infection can cause your gum line to recede from your teeth. Without professional intervention, periodontitis could lead to a possible loss of bone structure while compromising the roots of multiple teeth.

To treat a gum disease problem of this magnitude, dentists like Drs. Connaughton and Bator may need to perform a gingival flap surgery. The outpatient procedure sometimes requires deep sedation. If so, you will need someone to drive you home while the sedative effect fully dissipates.

During the treatment, the dentist will make a small incision in the affected periodontal tissues to gain direct access to the bacterial deposits that need to be removed. At this point, they will adapt the remaining healthy gum tissues to restore some semblance of your natural gum line.

After the gingival flap treatment, Drs. Connaughton or Bator will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication and a possible course of antibiotics. Any other recovery instructions will be covered before releasing you are released from the outpatient surgery.

If you live in the Boise, Idaho, area and you have gum disease problems, you should call 208-286-2699 to set up an examination at Tree City Family Dental.