opposing tooth can further irritate it. The flap can be surgically removed
which is less traumatic than an extraction. The easiest treatment is using
a water pic, under low or medium power, with some salt water to disinfect.
stream of water goes deeper than floss to flush out food and bacteria!
thus eliminating the problem completely. The second option is to remove
the flap of gum tissue under which the food gets lodged. This may or may
not grow back over time. So it is not as predictable as the extraction
option. Lastly, depending upon how often and to what degree the food
collection occurs, you could try debriding the area with instruments like a
rubber tip and/or water pik, and then select one of the other options if
your problem continues. One last thing, you should allow your dentist to
visually check the area to confirm that a gum infection has not developed
as a result of the food impaction.
The flap you are referring to can easily be removed with laser surgery. I
would recommend a waterlase laser like the one in our office because it
promotes healing, and has much less discomfort while it is healing. This
will make it easier to clean the tooth effectively. As long as you can
clean the tooth and you are not putting yourself at risk for periodontal or
gum disease you should be fine. Those diseases; however, unchecked these
conditions can place you at a 5-10 times greater risk of heart attacks and
strokes so I would definitely do something about it if I were you. -Dr.
laser off or surgically remove the extra tissue. Typically, once the food
starts to get stuck on a regular basis, it means something has changed and
should be evaluated by a dental professional.
Your dentist, however, may try to treat the problem without extensive procedures. He or she will clean the area thoroughly to remove damaged tissue or pus. If the area is infected, you'll be given oral antibiotics as well.
Until then keep the areas clean and happy flossing!
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