In most cases, a common symptom of gum disease is a receding gum line. Not only can this expose your dental roots and cause tooth damage, but it can cause pockets to form and create a hiding place for harmful bacteria and plaque. If these pockets are left untreated, they can become deeper and cause more damage. At AZ Dental, our periodontist can determine the depth of your pockets and see if you could benefit from pocket reduction surgery in San Jose, California, to reduce any excess gums. This can reduce the damaged caused by gum disease, as well as increase your oral health. Contact us today at 408-295-1100 to learn more, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bui.

When gum disease is left untreated, it can progress and turn into the more severe condition of periodontal disease. In most cases, patients with periodontal disease have pockets build up around their teeth as the gum line recedes up the tooth’s surface. Over time, if left untreated, these pockets can increase in size and house more and more harmful bacteria and plaque that will cause your condition to progress. To prevent this from happening, our periodontist can perform a pocket reduction surgery.

Pocket reduction surgery involves making a small incision into the gums where pockets are found. Our periodontist will fold back the infected gums, exposing the pockets and cleaning them of all bacteria and plaque. Once everything is clean underneath the gums’ surface, our doctor will put the gum back in place, adjusting or removing any excess gums, and stitch it into place. This procedure can be extremely beneficial to your oral health, as any bacteria left inside the pockets can cause your condition to get worse and create more severe and permanent damage.

At our practice, our periodontist will recommend pocket reduction surgery only after other non-surgical treatments have failed. First and foremost, we want to try treatments that can take care of the problem without leaving any scars. If you have any questions or concerns about pocket reduction surgery, or our other treatment options, we welcome you to call or visit us today.