Pocket reduction procedure may be recommended if your remaining pockets are too deep to clean or maintain non-surgically.
During the pocket reduction procedure, the periodontist rolls the gum tissue back and removes the plaque, tartar, and disease-causing bacteria from the root surfaces of the teeth. Once the teeth and roots are clean, the 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.
Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are an important part of preventing damage that is caused by the progression of periodontal disease, and will help restore optimum oral and overall health. Deeper 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. Reduced pocket depths and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care can increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth.