The first step towards improving your dental health as well as your overall health is identifying and treating periodontal disease. A periodontist is the dental specialist who can help to improve not only your oral hygiene, but also educate you about your risk for periodontal disease. When advanced periodontal disease is diagnosed, pocket depth reduction dental surgery may be recommended.
When dental surgery is required, problematic periodontal pockets around the teeth are reduced or eliminated by your periodontist. These pockets, or gaps between the gums and bone, can become a breeding ground for bacterial colonies. Unless these pockets can be adequately cleaned on a daily basis, the bacteria can cause irreversible destruction of the jaw bone.
When dental surgery is required, problematic periodontal pockets around the teeth are reduced or eliminated by your periodontist.
The benefits of pocket depth reduction make it a worthwhile and significant procedure:
With pocket depth reduction, the infected area is reduced to a manageable depth. It is reasonable to remove plaque bacteria as far as 3 millimeters below the gumline with a toothbrush and floss.
Eliminating periodontal pockets can also eliminate active infection, or gum disease. Gum disease has been tied to a number of systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Pocket reduction surgery can literally help to save your natural teeth. When periodontal pockets are allowed to progress, extensive bone loss is typically noted. Eventually, the natural teeth become unsupported and tooth loss can occur.
Along with the reduction of the periodontal pocket, the risk of tooth decay is also reduced. Eliminating the areas that are likely to collect plaque significantly reduces plaque accumulation on the teeth and tooth roots. In this way, the risk of tooth decay is lessened.
Choosing pocket reduction surgery shows that you understand the extent of your periodontal disease. It also means that you are able to grasp the value of the dental procedure. To find out if pocket depth reduction is the right choice for you, call our Dallas TX office at 214-522-9700 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Beth Tomlin today.