Also referred to as gingivectomy, pocket reduction surgery refers to a series of surgeries that remove bacteria and tartar from the tooth root.
Bacteria naturally live in our mouths, but those in plaque are the bacteria that lead to periodontal disease. The resulting inflammatory destroys the bone and gum tissue, forming deep gum pockets as the tissue is destroyed. Pocket reduction surgery aims to stop the destructive cycle and save the teeth.
Reasons for Pocket Reduction Surgery
Pocket reduction surgery is a common periodontal procedure proven effective at eliminating bacteria, reducing inflammation and saving teeth.
The goals of pocket reduction surgery are: reducing bacterial spread, halting bone loss, facilitating home care, and enhancing the smile
Pocket Reduction Surgery Procedure
If pocket reduction surgery is needed, a referral will be made to a periodontist. The surgery can be performed under local anesthetic or IV sedation.
The periodontist will gently pull back the gums to remove the bacteria and tartar. Scaling and root planing will clean the surface and smooth the root to ensure bacteria can no longer attach. Then, the periodontist will place an antimicrobial agent to kill any remaining bacteria and promote healing.
The gums will be sensitive immediately following the procedure, but patients will notice a reduction in pocket size and improvement in the condition of the teeth and gums.
If you have any questions about pocket reduction surgery or treatment for periodontal disease, please ask your dentist.
Green Bay dentist Dr. David Brusky and his knowledgeable team provide patients in the De Pere, Pulaski, Seymour and Shawano areas with a host of dental services. Consult with them about pocket reduction surgery today by calling (920) 662-1440 today.