Optimizing your gum health is the primary goal at Amsterdam West Side Dental Associates. Besides championing good oral hygiene habits at home, including regular brushing and flossing, and checkups every six months, our Upper West Side periodontist can perform a pocket reduction, which is an excellent strategy for keeping your gum pockets from being the hosts for dangerous bacteria and unwanted plaque and tartar. And that bacteria can lead to less than desirable results, including gum disease, tooth and bone loss, and diseases in other parts of your body.
Pocket reduction, also called flap surgery, involves correcting gum pockets that have gotten too deep. When your gum pockets are larger than they should be, they attract bacteria that can fester and breed. Both tooth decay and gum disease can be traced to bacteria. As your gum pockets get deeper, it gets ever harder to reach them with brushing and flossing. This means that plaque, and its hardened form- tartar, may not be removed regularly either. Left unaddressed, your gums can become irritated, red, and then infected. This can cause bone loss and leave your gums as a weak foundation for supporting your teeth, which can become loose and even fall out. It’s not difficult to see that there are many potential difficulties that can be avoided with pocket reduction surgery from our Upper West Side periodontist.
The surgery is safe and effective and starts with your gums being lifted back. Tartar and plaque are removed and the area is thoroughly cleaned. If needed, your bone may be smoothed to prevent additional places for bacteria to nest. When our Upper West Side periodontist replaces the gums, they are put back tight round the tooth. The point is to reduce the space between the gum and tooth. This means fewer places for bacteria to grow and for plaque and tartar to present further challenges.
Gum disease is nothing to take lightly. Our Upper West Side periodontist is committed to helping you treat it- and better still, prevent it from occurring at all. Pocket reduction surgery is a proven method for making you less susceptible to the effects of gum disease. Call us today to schedule a consultation.