Osseous Surgery & Pocket Reduction

Periodontal disease can cause permanent damage to the teeth and gum structure of a patient, and can lead to more severe dental issues in the future. Gum disease, especially in its more advanced forms, can leave pockets in the gum line, especially along the ridge of the teeth. Often times the gaps left behind are simple a surface issue, and do not pose a further threat to the dental health of the patient. However, this is rare, as in most cases gum gaps leave the teeth open for tooth and gum disease. This happens because the pockets are the perfect place for bacteria and plaque tro get trapped. Designed to repair the mouth after periodontal disease and restore the mouth, pocket reduction surgery can help increase the defenses of the mouth, and restore your smile to a healthy, well defended state.

Periodontal surgery is a process by which the dentist is able to reach the root of the teeth to clean out the bacteria forming in the damaged areas. This surgery is used to give the dentist a clear idea of how much bacteria and plaque has accumulated, and to give them a chance to remove the damage completely. However, the removal of the plaque and other decay can leave a pocket in the gum. Although sometimes the gum returns back to its natural place, the pocket can still remain behind, and can leave the patient open to more infections, as they cannot clean the pockets themselves. After the patient has recovered from the primary periodontal treatment, the dentist can go in and alter the gum pocket to prevent further infections, and allow for routine cleaning of the area.