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Is Pocket Reduction Surgery Worth It?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman smiling in dental chair at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona in Phoenix, AZIf you have severe gum disease, periodontists will recommend pocket reduction surgery as a treatment modality. It helps to eliminate bacteria in the mouth and restore the health of your gums and mouth. However, is the pocket reduction surgery worth it?

A Quick Understanding of Pocket Reduction Surgery

It is a surgical procedure done to minimize the size of the pockets underneath the teeth due to severe gum diseases. In severe gum diseases, there is a buildup of plaque and tartar between the gums and teeth. The buildup encourages the accumulation of bacteria, which in the long run, will eat away the healthy tissues surrounding your teeth, creating pockets. The pockets create an excellent breeding ground for bacteria, further deteriorating your oral health.

By reducing the pockets, the specialists can remove all harmful bacteria. The surgery helps control the severity of the gum disease and prevent more harm to the teeth and gums.

Purpose of the Surgery

An oral surgeon performs pocket reduction surgery to reduce the size of the pockets. They aim to prevent mild gum disease from spreading to the connective tissues and jawbone. If the condition is left untreated, it will cause severe damage to the jawbone. Eventually, it will cause tooth loss.

What to Expect During the Procedure

The procedure takes an average of two hours. Dentists will recommend it for patients who have signs of severe gum disease. The surgery starts with a full oral examination and diagnostic tests, which aim to establish the gum disease's extent. They can proceed to the pocket reduction when they have a full report about your oral health.

The oral surgeon will give you a local anesthetic ideal for numbing the gums. Next, they make incisions on the gumline and fold back the gums. They carefully remove all plaque, tartar, or bacteria buildup in this region. If they note any areas where the jawbone is damaged, they smooth down the bones to give them a regular shape. Afterward, they suture back the gum tissues.

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