Pocket Reduction Surgery

Periodontal surgery, also referred to as pocket reduction surgery, is not always required to successfully treat gum disease. However, when non-surgical therapy is unable to stop the infection, surgery may be required to save your teeth. Periodontal surgery refers to a number of different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria, to correct any abnormalities of the tooth’s supporting structures, and to potentially regenerate these lost supporting structures.

What Does The Procedure Entail?

A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery, and you may elect to have the procedure performed under sedation. The infected gum tissue is removed and the uneven supporting tissues are re-contoured to reduce or eliminate the remaining infection around selected teeth. In some cases an advanced regenerative technique called Guided Tissue Regeneration can be used to restore gum tissue and bone that has been lost around the teeth.