It is preferable to seek treatment early on in the condition to prevent having to resort to surgical procedures such as pocket depth reduction. Basically this treatment involves reducing the size of pockets around the teeth, which are opened up as a result of bacterial growth at the gum line.
Generally you dentist will prefer to perform deep cleansing procedures before they conduct this type of treatment. However, there are times where the gum disease is so advanced that this is the way to allow the receding gums to grow back. If this treatment is not performed when the condition is at an advanced stage, then the gum disease will continue to become worse.
What is Involved?
When you have this procedure done, the dentist is aiming to help the receded gums grow back. Here is what you can expect to happen during the procedure:
- First the dentist will clean the teeth properly and will cleanse out much of the bacteria under the gum line. They may also do scaling and root planing.
- Next, the dentist folds back the gums where they have been affected by the receding action. They do this with a special dental tool.
- Then, the dentist will get rid of the bacteria that is hiding in these gum pockets ( the space between the gums and the teeth). When all of the bacteria has been removed, then the gums are able to start growing back and attaching to the teeth correctly again.
- Finally, the dentist repositions the gums so that they are placed correctly over the tooth root once more and they cover the place where the bacteria had been growing and where the damage had occurred.
It is possible that the reduction surgery can eliminate the pockets completely. If this can be achieved, then the gums are able to start growing back once more. Before the gums can grow back effectively though, the bacterial build up has to be removed. Pocket depth reduction surgery is a complex dental procedure and it is definitely best to try and avoid having the surgery performed at all by seeking out dental treatment before the condition deteriorates.