Pocket Reduction (Osseous Surgery) in Folsom, CA
One of the main reasons It is so important to brush and floss every day is for the prevention of plaque (bacteria). That bacteria builds in between the teeth and gums in these very small, 2 to 3 millimeter pockets. The more plaque around the teeth, the deeper these pockets become, and the more damaging they are to tissue and bone.
In addition, deeper pockets often mean more room for additional bacteria, creating a cycle that damages your oral health even further. You’ve likely seen your dentist test the periodontal pocket depth by placing a periodontal probe in between the pocket and calling out a number to the hygienist. Anything under 3 is considered healthy, anything over 4 is considered unhealthy.
The deeper the pockets, the higher the number, and the higher the number the more likely you have gum disease.
Introduction to Pocket Reduction Surgery
In some cases, the best way to treat this gum disease is with a procedure known as osseous surgery. Often we simply refer to it as “pocket reduction surgery.”
The procedure takes place in the office. Your dentist gently folds back the gum tissue to reveal the plaque and bacteria that have built up. They then use special tools to clean out all of the bacteria and damaged tissue. They smooth the bone of the teeth so there are fewer ridges, and then place the gums in such a way that they easily reattach naturally.
The procedure is very effective for reducing pocket depth when the pockets are too deep or have too much disease to heal naturally. It also makes it easier for you to brush and floss effectively, which in turn will reduce pocket depth even further.
What Else Should I Know About Pocket Reduction Surgery?
Pocket reduction surgery is very effective and has a great success rate. Most of the time, you can return to your typical activities the next day, but always follow your dentist’s advice as Dr. Chen may have specific recovery recommendations.
The procedure itself is more comfortable than ever, but there may be some discomfort. If you’re particularly sensitive, or you struggle with dental anxiety, we do have sedation dentistry options available. Our entire staff will also do whatever we can to make sure your experience is as relaxing and pleasant as possible.
Have Your Pockets Tested at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom, CA
Before we can provide pocket reduction surgery, we do need to examine your teeth. Please feel free and give us a call today at 916-983-6051, or use the “Request An Appointment” form to schedule your next dental exam.