Gum Surgery Rochester for Pocket Depth Reduction

Gum disease can be a serious health problem if not treated properly. In gum disease, the gum tissues surrounding the root of your tooth begin to get exposed, making it more vulnerable to decay. One of the ways to treat gum disease is through surgery and pocket-depth reduction. If you need gum surgery, Rochester, let’s take a look at some of the different treatments available.

What is Pocket Depth Reduction and How Can it Help Gum Disease?

When the gum starts to move away from the tooth, small pockets begin to form around the teeth. Bacteria can grow quickly inside of these pockets, leading to further bone loss, and in some severe cases, tooth loss.

To avoid this from happening, your periodontist can perform a pocket depth reduction procedure. During this procedure, the pockets around the teeth are cleaned as the periodontist carefully and gently moves the gums away from the teeth to gain access. Once Dr. Zahavi cleans the pocket, he will remove any diseased bone. Then gums are reattached. Since the bone is now healthy, the gums will fit snugly around the tooth and promote better oral health.

If you take care of your gums and teeth properly and see your Rochester periodontist regularly, you should be able to avoid any further gum disease.

Other Types of Gum Surgery Procedures

Besides pocket-depth reduction, a periodontist may also do a regeneration procedure for the supporting tissues. By using tissue-stimulating proteins and bone grafts, your body will be more likely to regenerate bone and gum tissue around your teeth.

Your periodontist might recommend a soft tissue graft to treat your gum recession. During this process, a piece of tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth or another donor source. It is then placed and secured around the gums that are receding. Eventually, the graft will blend naturally with your regular tissue and will also work to cover any exposed tooth root.

Laser technology is another option if you’re seeking gum surgery in Rochester. A laser is used to kill all bacteria that may have formed in the pockets around the teeth. This allows the tissue to heal and be disease-free.

Although typically used for cosmetic reasons, crown lengthening can also be done to treat gum disease. During this procedure, an overgrowth of gum tissue is removed from your teeth, making them look longer. This is beneficial for patients who may have teeth that are the proper length but are covered in excessive gum tissue.

Contact Dr. Zahavi for Gum Surgery Rochester

If you want more information about gum surgery in Rochester, contact Dr. Zahavi at Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester. He has helped many patients with gum disease in Rochester receive the proper treatment to regain a healthy mouth. Call 585-685-2005 to make your appointment.


Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Thomas Zahavi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He completed his post-graduate periodontal education at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester in 2006.

Dr. Zahavi obtained his combined DMD and Master’s degree Summa Cum Laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997). He then pursued a speciality program in Prosthodontics (the restoration and replacement of teeth), receiving the highest honors in the residency program (2001). In 2003 he relocated with his family to the USA in pursuit of a residency program in Periodontology at the University of Rochester/ Eastman Institute for Oral Health. He was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and honored with a research fellowship from a major dental implant company. He is a Board-Certified Periodontist (USA) and Prosthodontist (Israel). His clinical experience and training in the two specialities proves to be invaluable, especially in patients requiring comprehensive periodontal and implant treatments.

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