Posted on 5/10/2021 by Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Gums can become more solid after we perform pocket reduction surgery, so they are more able to reattach to the bone. By taking this step, we can preserve the teeth that have lost some of their hold because of advanced gum disease.
Opting for Pocket Reduction Surgery
When we perform pocket reduction surgery, we clean the pockets that have formed around the teeth that have caused the snug-fitting gum to pull away, making the teeth vulnerable to infection and accumulating bacteria. We do this so the gum will resolidify or reattach itself to the gum tissue so the teeth will have a firmer anchor. Without this surgery, the disease will continue to progress to the point where extraction may be necessary.
Besides using pocket reduction surgery to clean out the infection and bacteria, we can also introduce regenerative measures to solve tissue and bone loss problems. These supportive procedures help us reverse some of the deterioration and damage caused by lost tissue and bone. After we fold back the gum tissue to remove the disease-causing bacteria, we will use membranes (or filters), tissue-stimulating proteins, or grafts to regenerate the tissue and bone.
Obtaining a Diagnosis
To determine how we should treat gum disease, we will measure the pocket depth of your gums. This will allow us to gauge the extent of the disease, assess your condition, and plan what treatment to take. If the pocket depth shows you are in the first phase of gum disease, we will usually recommend a scaling and root planing (SRP) to clean the pockets and prevent the need for future regenerative procedures. Whatever we find, we will do all that we can to ensure that your gums are treated and protected against further infection and disease.
You also need to do your part during the process by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Taking care of your gums and teeth at home and setting an appointment with us will go a long way in ensuring better results. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE).
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