What is the Pocket Reduction Procedure?
Healthy gum tissue fits around each tooth snugly, providing protection from harmful bacteria and infection. When you have gum disease, small pockets form around the teeth that allow bacteria, plaque and other debris to get deep inside. This makes it incredibly difficult to keep these pockets clean, which further affects the area. Pocket reduction involves reducing the size of these pockets, making at-home and professional periodontal care more effective.
What can you expect during the Pocket Reduction Procedure?
You’ll first come in for a consultation and for an exam done by our doctors. The procedure itself involves folding back a portion of the gum tissue and thoroughly cleaning out the pocket. This allows us to get deep into the pockets that would otherwise be impossible to reach. Any irregular areas of the bone are reshaped to prevent bacterial adhesion and further infection. The procedure encourages healthy gum tissue to attach to bone in the area, reducing the size of the pockets and making them easier to keep clean with at-home and professional care.
If you think you may need or will benefit from pocket reduction, call our office and we’ll be happy to get you in for a consultation appointment.