Periodontal surgery, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, refers to a number of different therapies aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria.
Periodontal Surgery Goals
Periodontal Surgery is used to reshape deformities and remove pockets in the alveolar bone surrounding the teeth. It is a common necessity in effective treatment of more advanced periodontal diseases. The ultimate goal of periodontal surgery is to reduce or eliminate the periodontal pockets that form as a result of periodontal diseases. Despite the word “surgery” the procedure is reported to feel more like a thorough cleaning.
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery. Our surgeons will release the gum tissue from the bone. This allows access to the bone and roots of the teeth. After the roots have been thoroughly cleaned, the bone around the teeth will be smoothed. Next, the gums will be placed back over the bone and sutured in place. Pain medicine, antibiotics and mouth rinses are generally prescribed following the surgery.