Understanding Pocket Reduction Surgery
Pocket reduction surgery may be known by a variety of terms, including flap surgery, osseous surgery, and gingivectomy, and it involves accessing the roots of the teeth in order to decrease the depths of the pockets. If this treatment method has been recommended to you, you are likely battling gum disease, and pocket reduction surgery can help to improve some of your symptoms.
Why Might You Need Pocket Reduction Surgery?
There are several reasons in which your dentist might recommend pocket reduction surgery:
- To stop bone loss. In some cases, oral bacteria will cause a chronic inflammatory response that will ultimately lead to the destruction of the gums. Gum disease will affect the jawbone, causing the teeth to loosen, and when this happens, they may need to be removed.
- To stop the spread of bacteria. Many bacterial species that are found in the mouth have been linked to serious conditions like stroke, diabetes, and heart disease, as the bacteria can move from the mouth and into the bloodstream.
- To improve dental hygiene. As the pockets of your gums get deeper, they can be extremely difficult to clean. A standard toothbrush and floss won’t reach the bottom of these pockets.
What Happens during Pocket Reduction Surgery?
During pocket reduction surgery, the gums will be pulled back gently from the teeth so that bacteria and tartar can be eliminated. Scaling will be used to completely remove tartar from the tooth root, and planing will be used to ensure that after the gums heal, they’ll be able to reattach to the root surface.
The gums will be sutured, and the stitches will remain in place for a week or two. While you may experience some sensitivity immediately following the procedure, the end result should be a significant improvement in the health of your gums and teeth.
Please contact us if you have any questions about pocket reduction surgery.