If you’re struggling with severe gum disease, a cutting-edge treatment called pocket reduction surgery may help. This procedure removes harmful bacteria and damaged tissue from the pockets around your teeth, reducing their depth and preventing further harm.
Pocket reduction surgery, also called flap surgery or osseous surgery, is a dental procedure that aims to treat advanced periodontal disease by removing bacteria that have accumulated in the pockets around the teeth. These pockets form when the plaque and tartar are trapped under the gums or the gums are pulled away from the teeth. Over time, bacteria within the pockets can damage the surrounding bone and eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
During flap surgery, a skilled periodontist will make incisions in the gum tissue to create a flap. Your periodontist will then clean the area of bacteria and tartar buildup before suturing the flap back into place.
The first step in pocket reduction surgery is thoroughly examining and cleaning teeth and gums. Your periodontist will use dental X-rays and other diagnostic tools to assess the extent of the damage caused by periodontal disease. If the damage is significant, pocket reduction surgery may be recommended.
Before the procedure, your dental professional will administer a local anesthetic to your mouth to numb the area around the teeth and gums. This ensures that you’re comfortable during the surgery. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, they’ll make incisions in the gum tissue to create a flap. This flap will be lifted to expose the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone.
They’ll use special instruments to remove the remaining bacteria and tartar buildup from the area and periodontal pockets. The roots of the teeth will also be cleaned to remove any bacterial buildup that may have accumulated. Once the site has been thoroughly cleaned, your periodontist will suture the flap back into place.
There are many benefits to pocket reduction surgery, including:
The cost of this surgery can vary depending on several factors, including the geographical location, the dentist or periodontist performing the procedure, the complexity of the case, and the extent of treatment needed.
In general, osseous surgery can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars per quadrant (one-fourth of the mouth). This cost usually includes the fees for the surgical procedure itself, local anesthesia, sedation (if necessary), post-operative care, and follow-up visits.
Please remember that this is a rough estimate, and the actual cost can vary significantly. Additionally, dental insurance coverage may affect the out-of-pocket expenses for the procedure. It’s advisable to consult with a dentist or periodontist who can provide a more accurate cost estimate based on your specific situation and location.
A local anesthetic is used during pocket reduction surgery to numb the area, helping minimize discomfort. Patients may feel some pressure or vibration during the procedure, but shouldn’t experience any pain. After the procedure, some patients may experience mild discomfort, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
The recovery time for osseous surgery varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the periodontal disease and the extent of the surgery. Most patients can return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure, but it may take up to a week or two to fully recover.
During the recovery period, avoid hard or crunchy foods and follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions carefully. This may include using a special mouthwash or following a specific oral hygiene routine.
Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is key to preventing periodontal disease from recurring after pocket reduction surgery. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using mouthwash regularly. Your dentist may also recommend additional treatments, such as antibiotics or antimicrobial mouthwash, to help control bacteria and prevent reinfection. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also important for monitoring the health of your gums and preventing future gum disease.
Many dental insurance plans cover pocket reduction surgery for gum disease if it’s deemed medically necessary. However, check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses.
Your dentist’s office can work with your insurance provider to determine your coverage and help you navigate the insurance process. If your insurance doesn’t cover the procedure or you don’t have insurance, your dentist may offer payment plans or financing options to help make the procedure more affordable.
If you’re tired of living with the discomfort and embarrassment of pocketing around your teeth, it’s time to take action. Pocket reduction surgery can help you regain your confidence and improve your oral health.
Take the first step towards a brighter, healthier smile by calling our Grand Haven dental office today at (616) 842-2850. Our team of experienced professionals will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.