As thoroughly as you try to promote your own oral health, there are times when problems occur and you need the expert care of a professional. Periodontal surgery with our periodontal surgeon in Manhattan, Elliot Ostro, DMD, is performed with meticulous care, as well as state-of-the-art equipment used in periodontal and implant techniques. More widespread than most of us realize, periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive condition that can lead to more severe inflammation of your gums. Pocket reduction surgery is a periodontal surgery that helps to reduce the depth of the pockets that collect bacteria.
We know that any type of surgical procedure can cause certain amounts of anxiety, but as an expert in his field, Dr. Ostro’s success rate speaks for itself. We make it our goal to make sure that you’re comfortable and understand all aspects of your pocket reduction surgery. Dental (periodontal) pockets are areas beneath your gums that collect bacteria. Your gums can become sensitive and inflamed, can bleed while brushing or flossing, and root sensitivity may also become an issue. When left untreated, these pockets can cause some severe issues, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Pocket reduction surgery is a treatment that helps to reduce the depth of the bacteria-collecting pockets. Our periodontal surgeon in Manhattan normally performs periodontal surgery under a local anesthetic but for additional comfort, additional sedation is available.
Normally a very gentle procedure, periodontal surgery is where your gum tissue is lightly pulled back and all the bacteria, tartar and plaque found there, is removed. Once the bacteria, tartar and plaque are removed, your gum tissue is securely placed back around your teeth with tiny stitches. The stitches may be self-dissolving or may need to be removed during a follow-up appointment, depending on the condition of the area worked on. Your first follow-up appointment will be about a week after your surgery and then three weeks after that. Our periodontal surgeon in Manhattan, along with our dedicated staff, are with you every step of the way, making ourselves available for all questions or concerns.