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POCKET DEPTH REDUCTION

The main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria, in the form of plaque, which accumulates naturally around the teeth. This buildup can lead to the deterioration in the supporting tissue and bone that stabilize and protect your teeth, resulting in "pockets" around the teeth. If untreated, these pockets become deeper, providing an increasingly larger space for bacteria to live and leading to a dangerous loss of gum tissue and bone and, potentially, tooth loss. If Dr. Nevins has recommended a pocket depth reduction, it means that your pockets have reached a depth that makes it impossible for you and your hygienist to properly clean your teeth and maintain your oral health.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING POCKET DEPTH REDUCTION TREATMENT
During pocket depth reduction treatment the gum tissue is folded back and any bacteria is removed. Dr. Nevins will often apply growth factors to stimulate regeneration of bone and build periodontal support before securing the tissue back into place. Most patients have minimal discomfort and are back at work the same day as their treatment. Many of our patients will benefit from BPDI's new laser approach to pocket depth reduction, a revolutionary nonsurgical therapy that results in less bleeding and discomfort and much faster recovery than traditional surgery.

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