Pocket Reduction / Osseous Surgery St. Louis
Dr. Scott Schlueter specializes in the sophisticated procedure required to correct issues caused by periodontal disease. When patients come to Schlueter Periodontics and Implants for a consultation, we help them discover the most appropriate treatment for their unique condition and if a pocket reduction is a suitable restoration option.
What is a Pocket Reduction / Osseous Surgery?
This type of procedure is most appropriate for periodontal defects that have resulted in shallow ditched out areas in the bone that are a result of periodontal disease. This procedure is accomplished by numbing the area with local anesthetic. The surgery requires reducing excess tissue and reshaping the supportive underlying bone around the teeth, thus removing the ditching in the bone. The areas are closed with dissolvable stitches and a putty material is usually placed over the surgical site. This putty has no medication in it, so if it becomes loose and is removed earlier then 4 days, this should not be a problem. The procedure usually only requires a one and six week follow-up to verify the healing progress of the area.