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Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease caused by the excess buildup of hardened tartar on the surfaces of teeth near the gumline, and the dental roots deep within the gums. This causes a significant amount of periodontal inflammation that requires professional treatment.

If you forgo having gum disease treated your gums could gradually start to recede from your teeth, which could lead to significant periodontal infection, and a possible loss of bone structure in your mouth. In a severe case, chronic periodontitis could even lead to the loss of multiple teeth.

In a case this severe, the most effective treatment plan might call for Dr. Gustavo Ruiz to perform a gingival flap surgery. This mode of treatment is typically performed on an outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation.

This involves making a small incision in your gums to provide direct access to infected material for easy removal. After the infected material has been remediated, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz and his team will adapt the remaining healthy gum tissues over the base of your teeth.

The recovery process could also include a prescription for pain medication and possibly antibiotics. Any other recovery instructions will be explained to you before releasing you from the outpatient surgery.

If you live in the Tampa, Florida, area and you have periodontal health concerns, you should call 813-289-3640 to seek treatment at Periodontal and Implant Esthetics.