Pocket reduction treatment is the most successful, time-tested method there is for treating moderate and advanced gum disease. This common procedure involves numbing and lifting back the gums and removing the tartar. Tartar is a hard, porous substance where the disease-causing bacteria actually live. In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to further limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone and newly cleaned teeth.
Below are a few of the surgical procedures used to treat gum disease:
In the end, the best way to avoid gum disease is to practice a good at-home oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth and gums at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting your general dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.