Gum pocket with bone defect 

Gum pocket and defect before surgery.

 Retracted gum

Gum is retracted for access to the bone and root.

 Removing bone defect

Bone defects are removed.

 Sutured gum tissue

Gum tissue is sutured back around the tooth.

 Healed gum

After healing, the gum is tightly "sealed" around the tooth.

 

PERIODONTAL POCKET REDUCTION

The goal of all periodontal treatment is to create an environment around each tooth that you as the patient can keep clean on a daily basis.

The most routine correction of pockets and bone defects caused by periodontal disease is pocket reduction therapy.

This procedure is utilized to reduce the pocket depths and return the tooth supporting bone to a normal, physiologic contour by removing the infection and bone deformities caused by the gum infection.

It is performed with Local Anesthetic ("Novocaine") in the office. It involves gently lifting the gum tissue away from the tooth so the infection can be removed and the defects caused by the disease are corrected. When the gum tissue is sutured back to the tooth, the pockets are reduced and the patient can then clean the areas where bacteria were hiding and growing under the gum
tissue.