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.
Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. Eliminating bacteria alone may not be sufficient to prevent disease recurrence.
Deeper pockets are more difficult to clean on a routine basis. It is important to reduce them. Reduced pockets coupled with good oral hygiene and regular dental care will help reduce the chances of serious health problems arising from periodontal disease.
If left untreated the periodontal pockets continue to deepen, giving way to more infection, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss and other complications.
uring a Pocket Reduction procedure we fold back the gum tissue and remove the disease-causing bacterial plaque and tartar from the root surfaces. We then stitch the gum tissue back into place. Infected bone and gum tissue are removed and areas where bacteria can hide are cleaned and smoothed out. This enables the gums to reattach to the healthy bone and eliminate gum pockets. Stitches are placed to aid in healing.
ou may experience some Post-surgical discomfort and this may last a few days. This is easily managed with commonly available painkillers. You may also experience heightened tooth sensitivity. Again, this is usually temporary and can be expected to resolve itself within a few weeks. A 'sensitive' toothpaste may help with this side effect.
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