Restore Healthy Gums with Pocket Reduction Surgery
Gum disease is a common condition that can often be reversed with non-surgical treatment. However, if left untreated, periodontal disease can cause substantial damage to the hard and soft tissues that support teeth. This damage will eventually lead to tooth loss. To restore your oral health, Dr. Jerry Hancock can perform pocket reduction surgery at his Nashville, TN, practice. During this procedure, he can remove the infection and repair your destroyed gum and bone tissue. Dr. Hancock has completed extensive training to provide his patients with safe and effective surgical care.
Do You Need Pocket Reduction Surgery?
In the earliest stages of gum disease, a deep cleaning is performed to reverse the condition. However, if this is not sufficient, or you have not undergone treatment and periodontal disease has escalated, pocket reduction surgery is usually recommended.
Benefits of Pocket Reduction
Pocket reduction surgery will allow Dr. Hancock to close your periodontal pockets. Since plaque and tartar can accumulate in pockets, this procedure can help gum disease from progressing or recurring. At this time, he can also repair the damage to your gum tissue and bone caused by severe gum disease. This procedure is essential to restore your oral health.
Dr. Jerry Hancock has completed extensive training to provide his patients with safe and effective surgical care.
What to Expect during Treatment
For your comfort, a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the treatment area. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry options to help you feel at ease during the procedure. To begin, Dr. Hancock will create incisions at the gum line and gently fold back the tissue. This allows him to access the infected tissue.
He will then gently remove the plaque and tartar from deep within the periodontal pockets as well as infected gum tissue. In some cases, he will need to smooth damaged bone tissue to prevent bacteria from easily accumulating in the area. This also aids in the reattachment of gum tissue. He will then suture the gum tissue in place.
If substantial damage has occurred to the gum or bone, Dr. Hancock can perform a grafting procedure to repair the tissues at the time of your pocket reduction surgery. He provides both soft tissue and bone grafting at our office for convenient, high-quality care.
Aftercare and Recovery
After your treatment, it is normal to experience:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
These symptoms usually subside within a few days. Most patients return to work the day after surgery. It is important that patients follow all instructions and take any medications as directed to prevent infection and ensure a successful recovery.
Maintaining a Healthy Smile
Once the gum disease has been treated, it is especially important to maintain proper oral hygiene to prevent recurrence. This includes:
- Brushing at least twice daily
- Flossing every day
- Using mouthwash
It is recommended that you increase the frequency of check-ups and dental cleanings. Usually after pocket reduction surgery, we ask that patients return about every four months instead of every six months.
Timely Treatment Is Essential
If you have not completed a recent dental exam or cleaning or are suffering from common gum disease symptoms, call our office at (615) 383-0132 or contact us online to schedule your appointment. Dr. Jerry Hancock can provide skillful gum disease treatment for a healthy smile.
“The staff is super friendly and efficient, and I always walk out of their office with a smile…a much brighter one!” —Kate