As periodontal disease develops, the bacteria responsible for tissue inflammation can also destroy the bone around your tooth roots, leaving periodontal pockets where more bacteria can thrive and exacerbate the condition. While scaling/root planing can help remove the bacteria from periodontal pockets, pocket reduction surgery may be necessary in more severe cases to close the pockets and prevent further bacteria buildup.

FAQs About Pocket Reduction Surgery

How are periodontal pockets reduced?

For patients who exhibit significant periodontal pocket depth, pocket reduction can be achieved through minor oral surgery to access the area underneath your gums. Once pocket reduction surgery is completed, Dr. Everett can apply an anti-bacterial solution to inhibit infection while the tissues heal.

If the bone has developed indentations due to the disease, then osseous resective surgery will allow Dr. Everett to slightly reshape the bone to promote successful healing and tissue reattachment.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to pocket reduction surgery?

Scaling/root planing removes infectious bacteria from under your gums without the need for surgery, and if performed early enough, may prevent gingivitis from progressing into periodontal disease. Periodontal regenerative therapy may also be employed to help reestablish healthy gum tissues that have been destroyed by advanced gum disease.

Will the surgery cure my periodontal disease?

With pocket reduction surgery and other necessary periodontal procedures, Dr. Everett can help you stop gum disease from destroying more of your healthy oral and periodontal structures. Timely treatment may help you prevent tooth loss which often results from untreated periodontal disease, and maintaining a routine schedule of professional care can help you stop gum disease from flaring up in the future.

What is periodontal plastic surgery?

If your periodontal tissues seem excessive (creating a gummy smile), or if your teeth seem too long due to gum recession, then periodontal plastic surgery can improve your smile’s appearance. Soft-tissue grafting can fortify gums that have damaged or insufficient tissue, while gum recontouring can reshape an excessive or uneven gum line.

Fight Back Against Gum Disease with Pocket Reduction Surgery

If gum disease can’t be prevented with scaling/root planing, then control it with pocket reduction surgery and periodontal maintenance. To learn more about the benefits of the surgery, schedule an appointment by emailing info@highplainsperio.com, or call our office in Lubbock, TX at 806-686-1262. We offer a free consultation (typically valued at $400) that includes any radiographs Dr. Everett may need for proper diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and desires.

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