Normal, healthy gums have small pockets around each
tooth. The bacteria and infection associated with periodontitis
causes these pockets to become deeper, trapping more bacteria
and causing more infection. When the pockets become too
deep for scaling and root planing,
a Pocket Depth Reduction procedure is often a solution.
During a Pocket Depth Reduction procedure, the
periodontist gently folds back the gum and removes
the disease-causing bacteria and infection.
The periodontist will then smooth the root surfaces
and, if necessary, reshape the gum and bone.
This will allow the gums to form smaller, healthier