When periodontal pockets do not heal after Scaling and Root Planing, surgery may be indicated to gain access to deeper plaque deposits and inflamed tissues. If pockets are not treated, they will deepen and allow bacteria to attack the bone.
Surgery allows the periodontist to access hard-to-reach areas under the gum and along the roots where tartar and plaque have accumulated. Eliminating these deposits and smoothing the root surface allows our gum tissue to reattach. Sutures are sometimes utilized to reposition and tighten up gum tissue around the tooth.