Normal healthy gums have shallow pockets around each tooth, typically less than 4mm so you are able to perform home care and effectively remove any plaque within these pockets. As periodontal disease progresses, bacterial plaque that has been left on the teeth and gums can cause an inflammatory reaction leading to deepening of these pockets. This in turn traps more bacterial plaque and worsens inflammation and periodontal disease. When the pockets become too deep and cannot be maintained, a pocket reduction procedure is often the solution.
During treatment, Dr. Towe will numb the area and you will feel no discomfort. Dr. Towe may need to reflect the gum tissue to allow visual and direct access to the root surfaces of your teeth. Then she removes the disease-causing bacteria and thoroughly cleans and smooths the tooth surfaces. If necessary, the gum and bone may be reshaped and a germ killing material (antimicrobial) placed. This will allow the gums to heal, resulting in shallower, healthier pockets.
Recovery After Pocket Reduction Procedure
The teeth may appear longer than usual after the procedure, since more of the actual tooth is now exposed. There can be increase cold sensitivity that typically improves over the next 2 weeks. We will schedule your post-operative visit 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure to evaluate the healing process.
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