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Periodontal Pocket Reduction

Posted on 12/17/2015 by Todd Jorgenson
An elderly woman suffering from periodontal pocket reduction.The way that the gum tissue as well as bone surrounding your teeth should sit is by fitting snugly around the tooth, like that of how a turtle neck might hug your neck. However, for those who have or are suffering from periodontal gum disease the gum tissues and bone will pull back away from the tooth resulting in small "pockets" around the surrounding tooth. Over time, these pockets become deep and hollow which can lead to a multitude of problems.

These pockets create an opportune place for bacteria to breed and live. As these bacteria continue to live and grow in these pockets, they can and will eventually make their way deep down into the gum tissue and surrounding bone. Over time, the bacteria will eat away at the delicate gum tissue surrounding the tooth where they will ultimately cause so much damage to the tissue that the tooth it will have to be extracted from the infected socket.

You Were Told That Your Pockets are too Deep, Now What

If your periodontist measured the depth of the pockets surrounding your problematic tooth or teeth and has told you that your pockets are too deep for regular at-home oral care procedures to be effective in keeping the pockets clean and free of bacteria, then he has probably also recommended to you a periodontal pocket reduction procedure.

What Does a Periodontal Pocket Procedure Entail?

During a periodontal pocket reduction procedure, your periodontists will fold back the gum tissue in order to effectively remove the problem causing harmful bacteria before he will then secure the gum tissue back in place. In more severe cases, your periodontist may have to smooth the surface of damage tooth in order to reduce the areas where the harmful bacteria can hide. This will also allow the gum tissue to more adequately attach to the healthy part of the bone.

The act of removing harmful bacteria and further reducing deep pocket depth is an important procedure that will ultimately protect the bone and remaining tissue from the progression of periodontal gum disease. Leaving you a healthier and happier smile.

Please contact us if you have any questions about periodontal pocket reduction.

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