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Pocket Reduction Surgery

Pocket Reduction Surgery

Pocket reduction surgery (also known as gingivectomy, osseous surgery, and flap surgery) is a collective term for a series of several different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the roots of the teeth in order to remove bacteria and tartar (calculus).

The human mouth contains dozens of different bacteria at any given time. The bacteria found in plaque (the sticky substance on teeth) produce acids that lead to demineralization of the tooth surface and ultimately contribute to periodontal disease.

Periodontal infections cause a chronic inflammatory response in the body that literally destroys bone and gum tissues once they invade the subgingival area (below the gum line). Gum pockets form and deepen between the gums and teeth as the tissue continues to be destroyed.

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition which, if left untreated, causes massive bacteria colonization in gum pockets and can eventually cause teeth to fall out. Pocket reduction surgery is an attempt to alleviate this destructive cycle and reduce the depth of the bacteria-harboring pockets.

Reasons for the pocket reduction surgery

Pocket reduction surgery is a common periodontal procedure that has proven effective at eliminating bacteria, reducing inflammation, and saving teeth. The goals of pocket reduction surgery are:

  • Reducing bacterial spread – Oral bacteria has been connected to many other serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Oral bacteria can travel to various parts of the body from inside the bloodstream and begin to colonize. It is important to decrease bacteria in the mouth in order to reduce the risk of secondary infection.
  • Halting bone loss – The chronic inflammatory response induced by oral bacteria leads the body to destroy bone tissue. As the jawbone becomes affected by periodontal disease, the teeth lose their rigid anchor. When the teeth become too loose, they might require extraction.
  • Facilitate home care – As the gum pockets become progressively deeper, they become incredibly difficult for the patient to clean. The toothbrush and dental floss cannot reach the bottom of the pockets, increasing the risk of further periodontal infections.
  • Enhancing the smile – An oral cavity that is affected by periodontal disease is not attractive to the eye. In fact, smiles might be marred by brown gums, rotting teeth, and ridge indentations. Pocket reduction surgery halts the progression of gum disease and improves the aesthetics of the smile.

What does pocket reduction surgery involve?

Before recommending treatment or performing any procedure, the dentist will perform thorough visual and X-ray examinations in order to assess the condition of the teeth, gums, and underlying bone. Pocket reduction surgery can be performed under local or general anesthetic depending on patient preferences.

The gums will be gently pulled back from the teeth, and bacteria and calculus (tartar) will be eliminated. Scaling and root planing will generally be required to fully remove the ossification (tartar) from the surface of the tooth root. If the root is not completely smooth, a planing procedure will be performed to ensure that when the gums do heal, they will not reattach to rough or uneven surfaces.

The final part of the surgery is usually the administration of an antimicrobial liquid to eliminate any remaining bacteria and to promote healing. The gum is then sutured with tiny stitches that are left in place for 5-10 days.

Though the gums will be more sensitive immediately following the procedure, there will be a significant reduction in pocket depth and a vast improvement in the condition of the teeth and gums.

If you have any questions about pocket reduction surgery or treatment for periodontal disease, please contact our office.

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mike long
17:43 18 Mar 20
I was referred to Envision Dental by my buddy Congo, and he said they were the best. So I came here for my cleaning... and he was right!!! Excellent staff, Beth took great care of me and Dr Bowers is Awesome. So I scheduled the rest of the family and my wife and daughters had their teeth cleaned by Savanah who was equally as professional and as thorough. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a great Dentist!!!read more
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Tina
17:43 06 Feb 20
I called this office at the advise of my coworkers. I was looking for a new dentist for my entire family. My original... contact was with Katrina, she was the kindest and most compassionate person I have spoken to in a dental office or really any offices. When I arrived to the beautifully decorated office, the compassion did not end with Katrina. Every person we had contact with was non judgmental and friendly. We have had 3 appointments so far, and each of our experiences were amazing. We have had both Savanah and Beth as our hygienists, and they were just as amazing. Then it came time to see Dr. Bowers, she made me feel like she had known me for years and I was family. I have already told everyone that they should give this office a try! I am not one for writing reviews, but this office and its staff all REALLY deserve mention!read more
Johanna Itani
Johanna Itani
23:02 03 Feb 20
I cannot say enough about Dr. Aline Bowers and her staff, they are absolutely amazing and top on excellence in their... over all work ! I could not ask for better dental care as well as friendliness and just sincerity in all they do. It’s like having a family just for your teeth. April, Lisa, Katrina, Malinda and Macy are really and truly awesome. You ladies Rock ! Let’s not forget Dr. Craighead the oral surgeon, he is especially professional and knowledgeable as they all are.read more
Ryan Hickman
Ryan Hickman
18:14 29 Jan 20
Let me start by saying I DO NOT like going to the dentist. This was by far the best visit I’ve ever had. The honest... yet personable approach was amazing. From start to finish I’m impressed and I’m not as scared to go to the dentist any more.read more
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SANDY Arc
21:33 08 Jan 20
I have been treating with Dr. Bowers At Envision Dental for a few years now. The office is clean and inviting. The... staff is welcoming and very friendly. Dr. Bowers is very professional but she also listens to the patient’s concerns. She was able to adjust and change my treatment schedule to work with my daughter‘s wedding. I highly recommend Envision Dental.read more
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Teri Bonaccorso
20:48 08 Jan 20
After searching for a reputable honest clean and reliable dentist - I found Dr. Bowers at envision thought close friend... and family! What an amazing experience ❤️. The staff is just fabulous patient courteous and efficient. The office is A+ clean bright and everyone shines when your there! A true high quality professional dentist with your personal needs are their top priority ⭐read more
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May 7, 2020

Envision Dental Patients and Families,

Thank you for trusting us with your dental needs. We miss seeing you and hope this letter finds you well!

As we look to reopen our doors after the state-mandated period of closure, we want you to know that we are taking extra steps to further keep you, your family and our team safe. We have always used the highest standard of practices for keeping our patients and staff safe from any threat of the transmission of diseases. However, in order to accommodate current new needs and regulations our office will run differently, and it will look different as well.

The intent of this letter is to familiarize you with these changes prior to your next office visit.
From now on appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

On the day of your appointment we will ask for you to text or call us from your vehicle and let us know that you have arrived. We will let you know when it is time for you to come in. You will then be offered hand sanitizer and asked to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire.

We will be taking and recording your temperature at the front desk. If you have a temperature above 99.9° F, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment. Our team will also be having daily temperature checks to ensure that no one who is symptomatic will be present in the office.

In order to further prevent any possible cross-contamination, our reception area will also be closed. We are asking that family and friends not come to your appointment with you unless the appointment is for a minor or you are needing help physically inside the building.

After your intake, we will escort you to the room where you will be met by your provider.

When checking out if you have a co-pay we will still collect at time of service. Our front office team will have everything ready for you to streamline the time you spend at the front desk and keep you safe. During this change we ask for your patience with our new protocols and procedures. Our main goal is to take care of you as patients, team, and our families.

We again thank you for trusting us with your dental needs and appreciate your understanding as we implement these new protocols, which are designed for your health and safety. Please also understand that as government rules and regulations change, we may need to further modify our protocols.

We are looking forward to taking care of you, your family, your friends and provide you a safe, comfortable and relaxing dental experience.

Stay safe,

Dr. Aline Bowers and Envision Dental Team