As gum disease worsens, your gums can recede, forming pockets around your teeth. If these pockets are left untreated, they can become deeper, thus holding more plaque and bacteria that can cause your condition to become worse. To decrease your risk of a worsening infection, Dr. Bui may perform a pocket reduction surgery in San Jose, California. This surgical procedure involves our periodontist cleaning out your gum pockets and removing any excess gums. At AZ Dental, we will work hard to ensure that you remain comfortable during your treatment. Contact us today at 408-247-5500 to schedule your appointment, and let us help you get your oral health back on track.

Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can cause the gums and bone that support your teeth to deteriorate. This causes your gums to recede and create pockets around your teeth. Once these pockets are formed, they can increase is size and house more and more bacteria and plaque, unless they are treated. If pockets continue to grow, the bacteria inside will contribute to your disease and make your condition worse.

During a pocket reduction procedure, our periodontists will make a small incision in your infected gums. Our doctor will fold the gums back to expose the pockets, which will be cleaned thoroughly to remove all bacteria and plaque. Once the pocket is cleaned, our periodontist will put the gums back in place and stitch it in place. Pocket reduction surgery is most often recommended after other non-surgical treatment options have failed to reduce your pocket depth and restore your oral health.

Reducing the size of your gum pockets can play a major role in overcoming your periodontal disease. By removing bacteria and plaque quickly and removing areas where they can build up, our periodontists can help reduce the amount of damage that your periodontal disease causes and prevent it from becoming worse. After a pocket reduction treatment, it is important that you regularly visit our practice to ensure that your condition does not return or become worse. It is also necessary to maintain good oral hygiene habits at home between your visits. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office today!