When is Pocket Reduction Surgery Necessary?

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Periodontal disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, which allows deep pockets to form. Plaque and tartar can develop in these pockets and are impossible to clean, allowing the infection to destroy the underlying tissues supporting the teeth. Our periodontist in LA may recommend pocket reduction surgery to reduce the size of these pockets and improve the health of the gums.

You may need pocket reduction surgery if you:

• Have developed deep pockets between your teeth and gums
• Are unable to keep your teeth clean due to the size of your periodontal pockets
• Are at risk of suffering bone or tooth loss due to periodontal disease

During this common procedure, the periodontal pockets will be thoroughly cleaned using special tools. Next, the roots will be smoothed to ensure the gums can reattach properly. Finally, the gum tissue will be tightened around the teeth and sutured so that they can heal in the proper position. This typically results in a significant reduction in pocket depth and improvement in overall oral health.

Call our expert in periodontal pocket reduction surgery in LA today to find out more or to schedule a complete periodontal evaluation.