Designer Smiles

Gingival Flap Exposure

Periodontal disease is perhaps the second most common dental ailment around the world behind tooth decay. It is an infection of the soft tissues (gums) around the teeth by a substance known as plaque. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria left behind by food and drink while eating.

When someone develops periodontal disease, it occurs in two stages. The first is gingivitis or the early stage. This can be treated with a thorough cleaning and antibiotics. If the disease develops to the second stage, periodontitis, permanent tissue, and tooth loss are possible, and treatment needs to be more invasive.

To help our patients preserve optimal oral health and wellness, our specialists at Designer Smiles FL offer gingival flap surgery in Coral Springs, FL. This surgical treatment eliminates bacteria and corrects damage to the gums to restore health and function.

What is Gingival Flap Surgery?

Gingival flap exposure is also called gingival flap surgery. It is done to remove built-up plaque and food debris from around the roots of the teeth to better treat an infection.

During this procedure, our dentist cuts part of the gum and folds it back. The folded sections are the “flap.” This exposes the root, which can then be cleaned and treated to remove the infection. Once done, our dentist stitches the flap back in place, so it heals.

Sometimes during treatment, our periodontist will perform a bone graft or use a gel to help rebuild missing tissue and enamel. If this is necessary, our staff will discuss the procedure with you before it occurs.

Benefits of Gingival Flap Surgery

  • Surgical, dental solutions tend to be the last resort because we want to avoid damaging the structure of your smile.
  • However, gingival flap exposure has numerous benefits for someone suffering from periodontitis.
  • The treatment eliminates built-up bacteria infecting the tissues around the root, helping to prevent tissue and permanent tooth loss.
  • It also reduces the chances of infection spreading and lessens pain and discomfort while eating and chewing.


If you are suffering from gum disease and think you might need gingival flap exposure performed near you, schedule an appointment with us at Designer Smiles FL. Our staff at our Coral Springs office will examine your smile and walk you through the types of treatment available.