Pocket correction, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, refers to a number of different treatments aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria.
Pocket correction is used to reshape deformities and remove pockets in the alveolar bone surrounding the teeth. It is a common necessity in effective treatment of more advanced periodontal diseases. The ultimate goal of pocket correction is to reduce or eliminate the periodontal pockets that cause periodontal disease. The procedure is reported to feel like a thorough cleaning.
The specific goals of treatment include:
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to treatment. First, Dr. Edwards will make an incision around each tooth of the affected area to release the gum tissue from the bone. This allows access to the bone and roots of the teeth. After the roots have been thoroughly cleaned through scaling, a drill and hand tools will be used to reshape the bone around the teeth. Bone is removed in some areas to restore the normal rise and fall of the bone, but at a lower level, bone grafting may also be necessary to fill in large defects.
Next, the gums will be placed back over the remaining bone and sutured into place. The site will also be covered with a bandage (periodontal pack) or dressing. Pain medicine and mouth rinses containing chlorhexidine are generally prescribed following the surgery.
Do not be alarmed if bleeding and swelling occur after the procedure. This can be controlled easily by placing an ice pack on the outside of the affected area. In cases where the bleeding and swelling is in excess, it is advised that you call us at 888-884-2072 to notify our office. Several follow up visits may be necessary and you must fulfill a meticulous maintenance program especially during the initial phases of healing to avoid post-treatment infection.