Because gingivitis symptoms start off being pretty mild and manageable, it can be tempting to ignore them. While we here at the Woodbury periodontal surgeon practice of Elan Katz, DDS, PC, don’t want to freak you out, we do feel like it’s our duty to remind you that letting gum disease fester is very risky business. Not only are you going to get more uncomfortable as time goes on and your gums grow more swollen and painful, the chances of developing serious complications increase with each passing day. (Potential complications include tooth decay, bone deterioration and even infections that spread from the mouth to other parts of the body!) Thankfully, even if your periodontal disease has become quite advanced, there are still things medicine can do for you, such as a procedure called “pocket reduction surgery.”
If you end up with the swollen and bleeding gums that are characteristic of gingivitis, promptly seeking the professional attention of our Woodbury periodontal surgeon at the practice of Elan Katz, DDS, PC, is of paramount importance. If the condition of your gums is so severe that cleaning, scaling and planing aren’t enough to solve the problem, pocket reduction therapy is likely the next step. Here’s how the procedure works. Healthy gums hug the bottoms of your teeth tightly, so that plaque and bacteria aren’t easily able to get to the roots of your teeth. What happens when you develop periodontal disease, however, is that space (a pocket) forms around the base of the tooth, leaving your roots and bones susceptible to attack. The purpose of pocket reduction surgery, then, is to eliminate the plaque and bacteria from this space and, once that’s done, to eliminate the space itself.
Of course, we here at the office of Elan Katz, DDS, PC, understand that the prospect of oral surgery probably doesn’t sound terribly enticing. The thing is, though, it’s a whole lot better than the alternatives. A little bit of time in our Woodbury periodontal surgeon chair really isn’t too bad at all compared to the discomfort of steadily worsening gums and, once things get bad enough, tooth extraction. Best not to procrastinate. Call or go online to schedule a comprehensive dental exam today!