Harmful bacteria is an enemy to your gum health, and when your gum pockets are deep enough that they harbor this bacteria, the results can be extremely bad for your oral well-being. Advanced gum disease, tooth loss, bone tissue loss, and even disease occurring elsewhere in your body are all possibilities, and ones that our Bushwick periodontist would like to help you avoid. One method is called pocket reduction surgery, and Dr. Bolden is highly skilled and experienced in performing it.
By reducing the size of your gum pockets, this will prevent them form housing an excessive amount of this unwanted bacteria. Having deep gum pockets creates an environment in which gum disease can form and progress very easily. The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is associated with mild symptoms, such as irritation and reddened gums. Gingivitis can usually be halted and reversed with a teeth cleaning or two. However, if gingivitis is not addressed effectively, and deep gum pockets make it more likely to return, the latter stage of periodontitis is likely to become an issue. More extreme signs are typical at this point. Among them are bleeding gums when you brush, receding gums, persistent bad breath, infections, bone loss, and loose teeth. A more invasive cleaning treatment known as scaling and root planing can be utilized to treat periodontitis, but once again the size of your gum pockets makes the possibility of recurrence a constant concern. This is when our Bushwick periodontist will often recommend pocket reduction surgery.
When bacteria are allowed to fester and breed, as happens with over-sized gum pockets, you become more prone to not only gum disease, but also tooth decay. The deeper your gum pockets become, the less effective brushing and flossing become in removing the bacteria. And when harmful bacteria hangs around, it puts you at risk for non-oral diseases, such as diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. It’s certainly nothing that you should ignore. Call us right away and book an examination so that our Bushwick periodontist can determine if you are a good candidate for pocket reduction surgery. The longterm health of your teeth, gums, and the rest of your body may be at stake.