Pocket Reduction Treatment

Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming "pockets" or spaces around the teeth. Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to thrive and wreak havoc.  If left untreated, periodontal disease will likely progress until so much bone has been destroyed that teeth must be extracted .  Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss!

Pocket Reduction Treatment is the most successful, time-tested method there is for treating moderate and advanced gum disease.  This common procedure involves numbing and lifting back the gums and removing the tartar. Tartar is a hard, porous substance where the disease- causing bacteria actually live.  YES, an infection in your mouth!  In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to further limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone and newly cleaned teeth.  Bone Grafting, or Bone Regeneration may also be recommended to help replace some of the bone that has been destroyed by gum infection.  The gums are then sutured back in place so that the tissue fits snugly around the tooth again.  The very predictabe result of this procedure is that the pockets are generally one half as deep as they were prior to treatment!  Shallower pockets mean healthier gums and allow your toothbrush and floss to more effectively clean your teeth.  This means long term periodontal health!