Pocket Reduction Surgery
When deep pockets are present around the teeth and they do not heal after “deep cleanings" (root planing therapy), you may require a pocket reduction procedure to improve your oral health. This procedure helps to prevent the progression of periodontal disease and further bone and tissue loss around your teeth. It improves tissue architecture so that you are able to clean your teeth better at home and will make professional root planing treatment (cleanings) more effective.
The procedure is done with local freezing. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation is available to make you more comfortable. During the procedure, the gums are gently reflected to allow better access to clean the roots and re-shape the gum tissue and bone. The gums are then sutured back together and a dressing may be placed over the surgical area.
After the procedure
Minor swelling of the surgical site is to be expected in the first few days. It is recommended to ice the area on and off for the first 24-48 hours. Dr. Lamberts will recommend or prescribe medication to manage any discomfort you may experience. Detailed post operative instructions will be given to you before and after the procedure.
The expected results for your specific case will be discussed with you during your consultation appointment. After surgery, the new gum tissue architecture that is created will allow you to better clean your teeth at home, and will make professional root planing treatment more effective. Long-term, the goal is to prevent further tissue destruction and tooth loss.
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