Pocket Reduction Surgery
The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
Pocket reduction surgery is a periodontal surgery performed to clean the root surfaces of the teeth, beneath the gum line. In this procedure, the gum tissue is gently separated from the tooth and special ultrasonic or hand instruments are used to remove plaque and tartar from the root of your teeth. Then, an antimicrobial liquid may be administered to eliminate any remaining bacteria and promote healing. Pocket reduction surgery may be indicated to restore healthy gums and bone.