We know: The term is sort of funny. Pocket reduction surgery sounds like something a tailor or dress designer would do. But it’s a way of getting rid of large gaps between your teeth and gums so you don’t hold onto so much bacteria and debris. And that’s important.
Stay with us for more about pocket reduction surgery and how you can benefit from having this procedure performed here at Brighton Dental in San Diego if you have advanced gum disease that can’t be treated any other way.
Why Is Pocket Reduction Surgery Necessary?
If Dr. Paige Woods or another dentist has told you that you need pocket reduction surgery, it’s because some of the tissue around your teeth is so unhealthy that it won’t heal itself and can’t be fixed without surgery.
But there’s no reason to be afraid or overly concerned. Pocket reduction surgery can prevent more damage, help your body jump start its own repair system and more. If you don’t have this surgical procedure, infection will continue to worsen. And this will lead to loss of remaining teeth, loss of bone and further tissue damage too.
Do The Benefits Outweigh The Pain?
The benefits of pocket reduction surgery are huge and include the elimination of current bacteria and the prevention of bacterial infection in the future. This means that periodontal disease can be halted and partially reversed in many cases. While Dr. Woods might be able to give you antibiotics or use other treatment methods to eliminate bacteria without surgery, the positive impact would be temporary. If you have the surgery, the positive results could be permanent.
You see, deep pockets between your teeth and gums make it impossible for you to keep the spaces clean – and difficult for your dentists to do much to help with cleaning either. That’s why pocket reduction is so crucial to dental, oral and overall health.
So what about the pain? There’s good news there. Today’s treatment methods are much more refined than in the past and can be performed comfortably here at Brighton Dental San Diego. We use medications as needed along with local anesthesia, any necessary anxiety control techniques and even conscious sedation if necessary. We do whatever it takes to keep you from experiencing pain during and after your pocket reduction surgery.
But Healing Takes A Long Time, Right?
When you follow Dr. Woods’ instructions, you’ll heal quickly – but we can’t say exactly how long your healing will take. That depends on how extensive the surgery is, how well you heal in general and your overall health. And yes, it depends on how well you follow post-surgical instructions.
But there’s good news here as well: Even while you’re healing, you should be able to return to your normal life and routine. Most of our patients are able to work and do their usual things the day after the procedure. Some may need a little more downtime so the healing process can get started.
Pocket Reduction Surgery Works
The most important thing to remember is that pocket reduction surgery works to eliminate current problems and prevent future ones. In many cases, there’s no alternative. And you don’t have to worry about pain or time off work because those things can be kept to a minimum.
Learn more about this procedure on our Pocket Reduction Surgery web page.
When you need oral surgery or other complex dental solutions, you can depend on us to treat you right and get you better. Whether you’re a longtime patient or coming to us for better care than you were getting elsewhere, we’re ready to serve you.