Pocket reduction surgery, also known as gingivectomy, osseous surgery, and flap surgery, is the name for a collective series of oral surgeries used to remove bacteria and tartar from the roots of your teeth. For more information about pocket reduction surgery and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lynna Bui and The Phan, please contact AZ Dental at 408-437-1111.
At any given time, there are dozens of different strains of bacteria in your mouth. The acids produced by these bacteria inflame your gums, and eventually lead to the development of periodontal disease. Pocket reduction surgery is one of the most effective treatments available to eliminate bacteria and reduce inflammation, which in turn saves your gums and teeth from deterioration and extraction.
Pocket reduction works to:
- Reduce bacterial spread
- Halt bone loss
- Facilitate home care
- Enhance the smile
Our periodontist and oral surgeon will perform a thorough visual exam and take X-rays prior to your pocket reduction procedure. We will administer a local or general anesthetic to ensure your comfort, and your gums will be gently pulled back from your teeth. The bacteria and calculus in the roots will be removed – usually through scaling and root planing. Towards the end of your procedure, we will administer an antimicrobial liquid to kill any remaining bacteria and encourage healing in your gums. We will then suture your gums, and the stitches will be left in place to prevent shifting for 5-10 days.
You will experience increases sensitivity in your gums and teeth following pocket reduction surgery. You should see a reduction in the depth of your periodontal pockets and a significant improvement in the overall health of your teeth and gums in a matter of weeks.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about pocket reduction surgery.