Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a progressive disease that can be treated fairly easily if caught early. Gingivitis is the first and most mild stage of gum disease. Caused by plaque and tartar built-up along the gums, the gums can become red and swollen. Bleeding gums is another symptom of gingivitis. A professional cleaning can often reverse gingivitis. When left untreated, gingivitis will progress into a more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. At this stage, the gums begin to recede and pull away from the teeth. With this disease, pockets are often created between the teeth and gums. Pocket reduction surgery can help to close these pockets.
A healthy periodontal pocket measures at approximately 1 to 3mm. A pocket between the teeth and gums over 4mm is considered unhealthy. Scaling and root planing may be able to reverse the pockets. In situations with severe pockets, a cleaning may not be enough to address the issues. Pocket reduction surgery may be necessary. Reducing the pocket and clearing away any infection can restore your gums back to health.
What is pocket reduction surgery?
Pocket reduction surgery involves folding back the existing gum tissue to remove any disease-causing bacteria. If the bone beneath has been damaged, it may be smoothed out to create a more difficult surface for bacteria to stick to. After this has been done, the gum tissue will be folded back to its natural place. Reducing the size of the pockets allows for the gums to reattach to the bone. The reduction of the pockets also limits the amount bacteria build-up in the future.
Pocket reduction surgery can get your gums back to healthy
Dr. Everett of High Plains Periodontics and Implant Dentistry can help you determine if pocket reduction surgery can restore your gums. To schedule an consultation email DrEverett@highplainsperio.com or call 806-686-1262. His office serves the residents of Lubbock and surrounding West Texas communities.