Pocket Reduction Surgery
Happy Valley, OR
Pocket reduction surgery goes by many names, such as osseous surgery, gingivectomy, and flap surgery. Whatever you want to call it, Fusion Dental Specialists knows them all, and no one will help you through it with less hassle than we will. We know how to take care of our patients with the kind of dedication and compassion that is hard to come by these days. We have years of experience that make us leaders in our field. If you find yourself in need of a pocket reduction surgery, there is no better place to go, so call us today!
What is pocket reduction surgery?
Pocket reduction surgery is an umbrella term rather than referring to any specific surgery. This term allows for any surgery whose goal it is to access the roots of teeth and remove tartar buildup that occurs over time. This tartar contains harmful bacteria that can lead to rot and decay from the outside in when it comes to your teeth or can cause periodontal disease to run rampant throughout your gums. Both of these can cause many problems on their own. These problems include (but are not limited to) bone loss, tissue loss, inflammation and infection, halitosis, and over time even tooth loss.
Why do I need pocket reduction surgery?
Pocket reduction surgery can accomplish many things when it comes to the upkeep of your oral hygiene. First of all, it reduces the spread of the bad bacteria that can run rampant ad cause excessive damage in your mouth. These bacteria have even been linked to problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Eliminating the problems at their source can benefit you in the long run in the rest of your body as well. Damage from periodontal disease can include alarming rates of bone loss.
These surgeries can help you to stop that bone loss right in its tracks, allowing you to find ways of regenerating and healing before you lose your teeth right along with it. The pockets that are created by periodontal disease also become a struggle for the patient because they are difficult to keep clean. As they progress, a standard brush and floss will not reach to clean all of the areas which lead to further bacterial buildup.
Removing or shrinking the pockets means that you can better clean your mouth, top to bottom. Finally, it can make your smile more beautiful, eliminating unsightly imperfections and decreasing your risk of even more embarrassing tooth loss.
What is the process?
The process of pocket reduction surgery is pretty simple. If our experienced dentist finds a need after extensive analysis of x-rays and other tests, he will place you under an anesthetic. Then, he will gently and carefully pull back your gums to expose and clean the tartar from the affected areas. Finally, he will apply an antimicrobial and stitch you right up. The stitches will be left for 5–10 days, and the area may be slightly sensitive, but in the end, you will have smaller pockets that you can keep clean to keep bacteria at bay.
If you worry that you may have damaging pockets in your gums, be sure to set up an appointment with an experienced professional here at Fusion Dental Specialists today, and we can get you completely taken care of. There is no need to be apprehensive; our caring staff will guide you every step of the way.