Periodontal Pocket Reduction Surgery
Periodontal disease is a common condition that destroys the supporting tissues around your teeth along with the bone beneath your teeth. In its earliest stages, gums become inflamed and irritated, but as the disease progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, which creates pockets of bacteria and other debris. These pockets allow the infection to develop more deeply in the oral cavity, and they are difficult to keep clean. The bacteria then accumulate and spread into the deeper structures, and more bone and tissue loss can occur. If periodontal disease has advanced enough, tooth loss is inevitable. Periodontal pocket reduction surgery can tighten the gum tissues around the teeth and prevent the bacteria from advancing further.
If we recommend a periodontal pocket reduction surgery, we will begin by performing a deep cleaning procedure to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from above and below the gum line. An anesthetic will keep you comfortable throughout this procedure. The roots of the teeth will be smoothed, which helps the gums reattach more easily. The gums will then be stitched snugly around your teeth and allowed to heal and reconnect. Our dentist will provide you with after-care recommendations to promote healing and reduce your risk of further complications. Good brushing and flossing habits along with timely professional care are critical and can help decrease the chance of tooth loss and other potentially serious complications associated with periodontal disease.
Contact our office to learn more about periodontal pocket reduction surgery or to schedule your consultation.