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Pocket Reduction Surgery

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition which, if left untreated, causes massive bacteria colonization in gum pockets that can eventually lead to teeth falling out. Pocket reduction surgery is an attempt to alleviate this destructive cycle, and reduce the depth of the bacteria-harboring pockets.

Pocket Reduction SurgeryReasons for Pocket Reduction Surgery

Pocket reduction surgery is a common periodontal procedure, which has been proven effective at eliminating bacteria, reducing inflammation, and saving teeth. The goals of pocket reduction surgery are:

  • Reducing bacterial spread – Oral bacteria has been connected to many other serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Oral bacteria can travel to various parts of the body from inside the bloodstream and begin to colonize. It is important to decrease bacteria in the mouth in order to reduce the risk of secondary infection.
  • Halting bone loss – The chronic inflammatory response induced by oral bacteria leads the body to destroy bone tissue. As the jawbone becomes affected by periodontal disease, the teeth lose their rigid anchor. When the teeth become too loose, they may require extraction.
  • Facilitate home care – As the gum pockets become progressively deeper, they become incredibly difficult to clean by the patient. The toothbrush and dental floss cannot reach to the bottom of the pockets, increasing the risk of further periodontal infections.
  • Enhancing the smile – An oral cavity that is affected by periodontal disease is not attractive to the eye. In fact, smiles may be marred by brown gums, rotting teeth, and ridge indentations. Pocket reduction surgery halts the progression of gum disease and improves the aesthetics of the smile.

Basic Overview of Procedure

Before recommending treatment or performing any procedure, Dr. Chandan Walia will perform thorough visual and x-ray examinations in order to assess the condition of the teeth, gums, and underlying bone. Pocket reduction surgery may be performed under sedation.

The gums will be gently pulled back from the teeth and bacteria and calculus (tartar) will be eliminated. Scaling and root planing will generally be required to fully remove the ossification (tartar) from the surface of the tooth root. If the root is not completely smooth, a planing procedure will be performed to ensure that when the gums do heal, they will not reattach to rough or uneven surfaces.

The final part of the surgery is usually the administration of an antimicrobial liquid to eliminate any remaining bacteria and promote healing. The gum is then sutured with tiny stitches that are left in place for 5-10 days.

Though the gums will be more sensitive immediately following the procedure, there will be a significant reduction in pocket depth and a vast improvement in the condition of the teeth and gums.

The exact process is different depending on which surgery Dr. Chandan Walia chooses for your particular condition. To learn more, select a procedure below.

Types of Pocket Reduction Surgeries

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Implants & Periodontal Arts
Chandan Walia D.D.S.

3800 W Ray Road, Ste B6
Chandler, AZ 85226

480-963-ARTS (2787)

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