Pocket Reduction Surgery

A pocket reduction procedure is recommended when the pockets surrounding the teeth are at a depth that daily homecare and professional hygiene cannot sufficiently maintain the health of the periodontium (gums). This procedure is performed by Dr. Baldan.

After achieving sufficient local anesthesia, a small incision is made along the gumline. The tissue is raised to allow access into the affected area in order to remove disease-causing bacteria and any diseased tissue. If there are any irregular bone contours, they will be reshaped at this time. The tissue is then re-positioned and sutured (stitched). A dressing (band-aid) is placed over the site for comfort. If any complications do arise during surgery, Dr. Baldan will discuss them with you and inform you of your options before proceeding.

After the procedure, we recommend you go home and rest. No physical activity for 24-48 hours post-procedure. Most people can return to work the day following this procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you 7-10 days after the procedure to remove the sutures (stitches).

The Three Steps of Pocket Reduction Surgery


Plaque buildup between the tooth and gum force the gum to recede. The surrounding tissue is inflamed and and irritated causing discomfort  Supportive bone around the root of the tooth is diseased and partially destroyed.

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Step 1

First, we remove the plaque and tarter buildup from the affected area, cleaning out the infected pocket.

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Step 2

The underlying bone is smoothed and reshaped, reducing spaces where bacteria can grow.  A substance may be used to help the gum attach to the tooth.

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Step 3

The gum is then closed over the reshaped bone or below the original gumline.