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Los Gatos Dental | Osseous Surgery / Pocket Reduction in Los Gatos

Tony K. Choi, D.M.D.
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Samaritan Oaks Medical Center

15251 National Ave. Suite 102
Los Gatos, California 95032
      Telephone : 408-358-8100
Fax : 408-358-8102
Osseous Surgery / Pocket Reduction
 

Sometimes the effects of periodontal disease create permanent changes in the tooth and gum structure that will cause issues in the future. Enlarged gum pockets between the tooth and the gum line are common after having advanced gum disease. Sometimes these gaps are cosmetic in nature, and affect the appearance of the gums. More commonly, the gaps put the teeth at future risk for tooth and gum disease, as they are just one more place that plaque and bacteria can collect. Pocket reduction surgery is designed to thwart the after effects of periodontal disease and restore your mouth to a healthy state.

The goal of periodontal surgery to gain access to the tooth root and to clean the damaged areas. Once the dentist can visually see the damage, it can be removed completely. Removing the plaque and decayed gum tissue leaves a pocket between the gum and the tooth. Sometimes the gum returns to its original position, but still the pocket is present. The pocket requires more frequent cleanings as the patient is unable to get to the pockets with regular brushing and flossing. Once the swelling from the periodontal treatment has subsided, the dentist may need to suture the gum to where the bone has resorbed. The goal is to create a space large enough so it can be reached through daily oral hygiene, but small enough that it is not a breeding ground for plaque and bacteria.

 
 
 
Los Gatos Dentist | Osseous Surgery / Pocket Reduction. Tony Choi is a Los Gatos Dentist.