If you suffer from severe periodontal disease, Dr. Roderick S. Cooper may recommend a pocket reduction procedure to help you maintain a healthy smile. With this treatment, our team at Bella Dental can help minimize your pain and restore your smile. To see if you require pocket reduction in Tucker, Georgia, we invite you to contact us today at 770-921-9000 and schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Over time, periodontal disease can infect your teeth’s supporting tissue and bone. When this happens, pockets are formed around the teeth. If left untreated, these pockets will become deeper, fill with bacteria and plaque, and cause further damage to your oral health. Eventually, the affected teeth will have to be removed if the bacteria and plaque are not taken care of.
Pocket reduction is a surgical procedure that is used to reduce your pocket size when at-home care and regular dental cleanings are not enough. In this procedure, our dentist will surgically fold back the infected gums, remove any bacteria or plaque that has built up, and carefully put the tissue back. Once all of the bacteria and plaque is removed, our dentist will make sure to secure the gum tissue back into is proper place. If there are irregular surfaces along the damaged bone, our dentist may also smooth out the bone surface to make it more difficult for bacteria to hide and to better help the gum reattach to the bone.
Eliminating bacteria and reducing pocket size is important to minimize the damage that periodontal disease can cause. After receiving a pocket reduction, our dentist may recommend visiting our practice regularly to ensure that your gums, teeth and bone remain as healthy as possible. By maintaining good dental hygiene at home and receiving the proper in-office treatments, you and our dentist can work together to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have questions or concerns about pocket reduction procedures, we invite you to contact us today and visit with our caring dentist.