When Is Pocket Reduction Surgery Necessary?

If you have an advanced case of periodontal (gum) disease and you’re exploring your treatment options, pocket reduction surgery may be a good option. This treatment can help eliminate bacteria from your mouth and restore your gums, preventing further progression of gum disease. But when is it necessary? The knowledgeable team at Ward Periodontics in Overland Park will gladly help you get the answers you need. 

What Is Pocket Reduction Surgery?

Pocket reduction surgery is a surgical procedure used to reduce the size of the bacteria-filled “pockets” that form underneath your teeth as a result of advanced gum disease. 

In advanced cases of gum disease, plaque and bacteria build up between the gums and teeth. Over time, they migrate down toward the roots of your teeth. As these bacteria attack the healthy tissue around your teeth, they create “pockets” that will contribute to the further buildup of gum disease-causing bacteria.

By reducing these pockets, much of the bacteria that cause gum disease can be removed. Combined with other treatments like antibiotics and proper at-home oral hygiene, pocket reduction surgery can help control the damage done by gum disease, and prevent further harm to your gums and teeth. 

When Should I Consider Pocket Reduction Surgery?

Pocket reduction surgery is usually only required in advanced cases of periodontal disease. Early intervention with a treatment such as scaling and root planing can often prevent the need for pocket reduction surgery.

A periodontist, such as Dr. Audra Ward, will determine if pocket reduction surgery is necessary. She will use a periodontal probe to check the space between your teeth and your gums. Usually, this treatment is only recommended if your periodontal pockets have a depth greater than 5 millimeters.

What Can I Expect From Pocket Reduction Surgery?

Your treatment will be performed under local anesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. You can also be sedated if you wish. Dr. Ward will begin by gently separating the gums from the teeth using dental tools.

Then, she will examine the teeth and gums and use dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from your gums and teeth, ensuring that they are free of tartar and bacterial buildup. Then, she will smooth out the roots to prevent bacterial buildup, and ensure that your gums reattach to the teeth properly.

Next, Dr. Ward will apply an antimicrobial liquid to the roots of the teeth and the gums to kill any remaining bacteria, and promote a more rapid healing process. Once this step is complete, she will suture the gum shut with tiny, self-dissolving stitches. These stitches will dissolve within 10-14 days. 

Get the Help You Need to Fight Back Against Gum Disease at Ward Periodontics!

If you are struggling with gum disease, Ward Periodontics is here to help. Dr. Ward and the team at our office are experts at treating every stage of gum disease, and we can help you fight back, preserve your teeth and gums, and maintain proper oral health.

Don’t wait. The sooner you get help for gum disease in Overland Park, the more likely it is that we can save your teeth and restore your gums. Contact us at (913) 563-7400 to get started, or stop by our office at 12701 Metcalf Ave., Suite 200, Overland Park, Kansas 66213.