SHARON MIYAMOTO, DDS

Pocket Reduction Surgery

Healthy mouths have tissues that fit tightly around teeth. The tighter the tissue the better, as it creates a strong barrier to pathogens. When a person develops periodontal disease, however, these supporting tissues and ultimately bone, are damaged. As the gum tissue is damaged pockets form.

These pockets provide the perfect space for food and pathogens to collect and cause additional decay. Deep pockets are a breeding ground for pathogens.

Flap surgery, or pocket reduction surgery, requires the gums be folded back, and the bacteria underneath, plaque, and tartar be removed. Tissue that has been extensively damaged is also removed, while healthy tissue is sutured into place. Because the bacteria, plaque, and tartar have been removed the newly healthy gums are given a chance to reattach to the teeth.

This surgery was designed to :

•Reduce Bacterial Spread:

Bacteria and periodontal disease are closely tied to systemic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. By removing these bacteria, your chance of developing these sicknesses is reduced.

•Prevent Bone Loss:

Bone loss is a common response of the body’s immune system to periodontal bacteria. This surgery stops periodontal disease so that bone loss does not occur.

•Enhance the Smile:

Periodontal disease wreaks havoc on the smile because of the extent of decay that comes with it. This surgery stops the progression of the disease and allows your mouth to health and bounce back to its original appearance.

•Facilitate Home Care:

The deeper the pockets around your teeth, the less effective brushing and flossing. This surgery allows you to get the most of your at-home oral hygiene routin.