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Periodontists: generally, how many millimeters would a sulcus be until you would make a decision for flap surgery?

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Dentistry - Periodontics
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In brief: Perio surgery

There are many factors involved beside millimeter depth before doing flap surgery you must evaluater the quality of the gums after root planing also if there is bone loss evident you can readily control 5 mm pockets with arestin otherwise if you are really keeping your mouth clean you cannot manage a 6 mm pocket usually you would flap open only the isolated areas and correct the damage.

In brief: Perio surgery

There are many factors involved beside millimeter depth before doing flap surgery you must evaluater the quality of the gums after root planing also if there is bone loss evident you can readily control 5 mm pockets with arestin otherwise if you are really keeping your mouth clean you cannot manage a 6 mm pocket usually you would flap open only the isolated areas and correct the damage.
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
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In brief: Depends

A periodontist is the best to answer this.
Flap surgery should be decided upon the depth of the bone loss and how many teeth are involved. By laying a flap, the bony architecture can be changed and the area appropriately cleaned of pathogenic elements. Consult with a specialist in periodontics. Good luck.

In brief: Depends

A periodontist is the best to answer this.
Flap surgery should be decided upon the depth of the bone loss and how many teeth are involved. By laying a flap, the bony architecture can be changed and the area appropriately cleaned of pathogenic elements. Consult with a specialist in periodontics. Good luck.
Dr. David Schleimer
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