Periodontal disease destroys the supporting tissue around your teeth and forms “pockets.” Pocket reduction surgery covers multiple surgeries, which remove bacteria and tartar by gaining access to the roots of the teeth.
Pockets become deeper over time, which give bacteria more room to live. Bacteria can eventually expand under the gum tissue and result in further bone and tissue loss.
Implications of Pocket Reduction Surgery
- Reduce bacterial spread: Oral bacteria can potentially lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
- Stop or prevent bone loss: Periodontal disease affects the jawbone and causes teeth to lose their rigid anchor, which could potentially lead to extraction of the teeth.
- Maintain a healthy smile: Pocket reduction surgery helps avoid damaged gums and rotting teeth.
What does pocket reduction surgery involve?
- Bacteria and tartar will be eliminated by gently pulling back the gums from the teeth.
- An antimicrobial liquid may be used to remove remaining bacteria.
- Minor stitches may be required, and could be removed after 5-10 days.