Deep periodontal pockets can collect bacteria and worsen gum disease, which is why Drs. Fischer offer pocket reduction surgery. Through this procedure, our dentists will clean beneath your gum line and shrink the size of periodontal pockets. Contact our team at Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry if you would like to learn more about pocket reduction surgery in Centreville, Virginia.
When you have gum disease, your gum tissue will pull away from your teeth, creating periodontal pockets. Deep periodontal pockets are very difficult to clean and will begin to collect food, tartar, plaque, and bacteria. If these areas under your gum line are not cleaned, then your gum disease will begin to worsen, resulting in tooth, bone, and tissue loss. If you have deep periodontal pockets that are difficult to clean, then our dentists may recommend a pocket reduction surgery.
This procedure is also known as a gingivectomy, osseous surgery, and flap surgery. It allows us to clean the tooth root beneath the gum line where the periodontal pockets reach. We will gently pull the gum tissue away from the tooth so we can remove tartar with scaling, smooth the tooth surface with root planing, and clean the area with an antimicrobial cleanser. Doing so will not only help heal your gum tissue, but also help it to reattach to the tooth, reducing the size of the pocket. Call our dental team if you want to benefit from a pocket reduction surgery.