Pocket Reduction Surgery

Pocket reduction surgery (also known as osseous surgery or flap surgery) is a collective term for several different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the roots of the teeth in order to remove bacteria and tartar (calculus) and reduce or eliminate the pockets in the gums.

What does pocket reduction surgery involve?

The gums will be gently pulled back from the teeth and bacteria and calculus (tartar) will be eliminated. If pocketing has affected the bone surrounding the teeth, this may be smoothed or a bone graft may be placed to repair the damage. The gum is then sutured with tiny stitches that are left in place for 5-10 days. Though the gums and teeth will be more sensitive immediately following the procedure, but this usually subsides within a few months.

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