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:
- Gingivectomy – During this procedure, your excess gum tissue is removed, allowing you to better care for your gums and keep your teeth clean. We’ll make sure your gums are numb and that you’re comfortable and then the additional tissue will then be cut away.
- Gingivoplasty – During this procedure, healthy gums will be reshaped, either to treat gum recession or for cosmetic reasons to improve the look of your smile.
- Gingival Flap Surgery – Lastly, gingival flap surgery is used for more severe cases of periodontal disease. The gum tissue will be cut and separated from the teeth and the teeth will then be thoroughly cleaned. Once this is done, an ultrasonic scaling device removes the tartar buildup and biofilm that has been allowed to build up inside the periodontal pockets.
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.
To make an appointment at our Highlands Ranch, Colorado periodontal office, please contact Highlands Ranch Periodontics today.