A Periodontal surgery procedure may be recommended if your remaining gum pockets are too deep to clean or maintain non-surgically.
During the osseous/flap surgery procedure, the periodontist rolls the gum tissue back to better see the presence of calculus and tartar on hard to reach surfaces of the teeth. The periodontist then removes the plaque, tartar, and disease-causing bacteria from the root surfaces of the teeth. Once the teeth and roots are clean, the gum tissues will be secured back into place. In some cases, sharp edges of damaged bone or irregular surfaces are smoothed to eliminate areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This will help gum tissue reattach to healthy bone and prevent the progression of periodontal and gum disease.
Reducing gum pocket depths and eliminating existing bacteria are an important part of preventing further damage that is caused by the progression of periodontal disease, and will help restore optimum oral and overall health. Deeper gum pockets become increasingly difficult to clean and treat over time so it’s important for you to reduce the depth of these pockets as soon as possible to stop the progression of periodontal and gum disease. Reduced pocket depths, a combination of daily oral hygiene, and professional periodontal maintenance care can increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth healthy.