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The Maryland Center for Dental Wellness | Osseous Surgery / Pocket Reduction in Bethesda


The Maryland Center for
Dental Wellness

 "Exceptional Dentistry in a Caring Environment"

Conveniently located across from National
Institutes of Health

Stanley T. Dorrow, DDS
9010 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 564-1542
Fax: (301) 530- 3293
Email: drdorrow@verizon.net

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Osseous Surgery / Pocket Reduction

Sometimes the effects of periodontal disease create permanent changes in the tooth and gum structure that will cause issues in the future. Enlarged gum pockets between the tooth and the gum line are common after having advanced gum disease. Sometimes these gaps are cosmetic in nature, and affect the appearance of the gums. More commonly, the gaps put the teeth at future risk for tooth and gum disease, as they are just one more place that plaque and bacteria can collect. Pocket reduction surgery is designed to thwart the after effects of periodontal disease and restore your mouth to a healthy state.

The goal of periodontal surgery to gain access to the tooth root and to clean the damaged areas. Once we can see the damage, it can be removed completely. Removing the plaque and iseased gum tissue leaves a pocket between the gum and the tooth. Sometimes the gum returns to its original position, but still the pocket is present. The pocket requires more frequent cleanings as the patient is unable to get to the pockets with regular brushing and flossing. The goal is to create a space large enough so it can be reached through daily oral hygiene, but small enough that it is not a breeding ground for plaque and bacteria.

Bethesda Dentist | Osseous Surgery / Pocket Reduction. Stanley Dorrow is a Bethesda Dentist.