Soft Tissue Graft

Periodontal disease can create permanent changes in the tooth and gum structure that can cause issues in the future.  Enlarged gum pockets are common after having advanced gum disease.  They are found between the tooth and the gum line.  Sometimes these pockets affect the appearance of the gums and can be aesthetically displeasing.  The enlarged gum pockets can put the teeth at future risk for tooth and gum disease because plaque and bacteria can collect in them. Pocket reduction surgery is a treatment option to prevent the after effects of periodontal disease and restore your mouth to a healthy state.

The point of periodontal surgery is to gain access to the infected tooth root and to clean the damaged areas.  Once the dentist can visually see the damage, the plaque and decayed gum tissue can be removed completely.  This procedure leaves a pocket between the gum and the tooth.  The remaining gum pocket requires more frequent cleanings since the patient cannot get to the pockets with regular brushing and flossing.  Once the swelling from the periodontal treatment has subsided, the dentist may need to suture the gum.  The goal of this procedure is to create a large enough space, so that it can be reached through daily brushing and flossing, but small enough that it is no longer a breeding ground for plaque and bacteria.

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