Periodontal disease can sometimes lead to permanent alterations in the structure of teeth and gums, resulting in potential future complications. Following advanced gum disease, it is common to observe enlarged gum pockets between the tooth and gum line. These pockets may have cosmetic implications, affecting the appearance of the gums. Moreover, they increase the risk of tooth and gum disease in the future, as they serve as additional areas where plaque and bacteria can accumulate. Pocket reduction surgery aims to counteract the long-term effects of periodontal disease and restore oral health.
The primary purpose of periodontal surgery is to access the tooth root and thoroughly clean the damaged areas. By visually identifying the damage, the dentist can completely eliminate it. The removal of plaque and decayed gum tissue often results in the formation of a pocket between the gum and tooth. While the gum may partially return to its original position, the pocket remains. Due to this, more frequent cleanings are necessary as regular brushing and flossing alone cannot reach these pockets. After the swelling caused by periodontal treatment subsides, the dentist may need to suture the gum to the area where bone resorption has occurred. The aim is to create a space that is large enough to be reached during daily oral hygiene practices, yet small enough to prevent the accumulation of plaque and bacteria.
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