Periodontal Surgery | Pocket Reduction Procedures
Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck around your neck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming "pockets" around the teeth.
Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to live. As bacteria develop around the teeth, they can accumulate and advance under the gum tissue. These deep pockets collect even more bacteria, resulting in further bone and tissue loss. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.We will measure the depth of your pocket(s). If you have pockets that are too deep to clean with daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional care routine, we will recommend a pocket reduction procedure.
The Pocket Reduction Procedure
During the procedure the gum tissue is folded back and disease-causing bacteria are removed. Then, tissue is secured back into place. In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This also allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease, helping you to maintain a healthy smile. Eliminating bacteria alone, however, may not be sufficient to prevent disease recurrence. Deeper pockets are more difficult for both you and your professional hygenist to clean, so it's important for you to reduce them.
Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth. It also decrease the chances of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.