Pocket Depth Reduction

Pocket Depth Reduction

Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth. When you have periodontal disease, the supporting gum tissue and bone deteriorates, forming “pockets” around the teeth. Bacteria, in the form of plaque, can build up in these pockets allowing them to become larger. Left untreated, these pockets can lead to dangerous loss of gum tissue, bone and potentially tooth loss. Deeper pockets are more difficult for you and your dental care professional to clean, so it’s important for you to reduce them.

WHAT’S INVOLVED AND HOW WILL I BENEFIT FROM POCKET DEPTH REDUCTION TREATMENT?

Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. During pocket depth reduction treatment the gum tissue is folded back and any bacteria is removed. Most patients are back to their normal routine the same day as their treatment. Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth and decrease the chance of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.

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