North York Pocket Reduction Therapy
At its early stages, periodontal disease (gum disease) can be easily treated by an extensive professional dental cleaning session and by maintaining good oral hygiene habits. However, if you ignore it, periodontal disease will keep progressing, eventually creating pockets in your gums, which affect your bone structure, your gums’ health and your teeth’s stability. It was also proven that advanced periodontal disease might be directly linked to other serious health problems, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and pre-term or low-birth-weight babies. If the problem is more serious, Pocket Reduction Therapy may be suggested.
If you’re suffering from severe gum disease and your dentist assesses the depth of your pockets to be greater than 3mm, surgical intervention for pocket reduction will be recommended. The primary purpose of gum surgery is the reduction of the pocket in depth, so that it is accessible for daily home hygiene and control over bacterial build-up. Our Bayview Village periodontics specialist, Dr. Edy Braun, is an expert in treating those little pockets that act as homes to bacteria and help them grow and live happily at your health’s expense. The more bacterial build-up, the deeper pockets and higher risk for bone loss, tissue loss, tooth loss, gum infection and serious general health problems.
During the surgical pocket reduction procedure, Dr. Braun folds back the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria. If any irregular surfaces of damaged bone were found, they will be smoothed out to limit the areas where bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better re-attach to healthy bone. The gum tissue is finally secured into place with sutures and a follow up visit is scheduled within the following 7 to 14 days. Dr. Braun will discuss further post-surgical instruction with you in details, primarily concerning good and regular dental hygiene routines to avoid the recurrence of the disease in the future.