Pocket Reduction Surgery
Advanced stages of gum disesae may require pocket reduction surgery to treat and ensure the infected areas are free from bacteria. The importance of gum health cannot be understated since it does not only cause tooth loss, but can also have detrimental effects on your general health. Clinical research has shown that the bacteria causing gingivitis and periodontitis can migrate to other parts of the body and possibly lead to systemic illness and disease.
Periodontal treatment of early stage gum disease, called gingivitis, may only require a dental cleaning and continued oral hygiene care at home in order to control inflammation and prevent disease progression.
Treatment of periodontitis—the more advanced stage of gum disease —often necessitates removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) from above and below the gum line in a procedure called scaling and root planing.
In moderate or severe cases, osseous resective surgery may be necessary. Since periodontal disease is associated with deep pockets around teeth, periodontal surgery aims at eliminating or reducing such periodontal pockets, which serve as niches for pathogenic bacteria. Dr. Alexander Schrott, our Boston periodontist is a specialist for such procedures.
After administering a local anesthetic, Dr. Schrott will gently reflect the gum tissue from the teeth. Doing so, allows him to remove pathogenic bacteria which attach to the roots of your teeth. Surrounding bone tissue is then reshaped to eliminate pockets, and the gum tissue is sutured back in place.
Periodontal Therapy in Boston
If you think you may be suffering from periodontal disease, please call our dental office in Boston to schedule a consultation our periodontist Dr. Alexander Schrott. Our team of Boston dentists at Kraft & Schrott Dental Associates serves residents of Beacon Hill, North End, Financial District, Downtown, Seaport District, West End, Waterfront, Back Bay, Cambridge, Charlestown, and surrounding areas with exemplary care for healthy and beautiful smiles.