In the event of chronic gum infections, deep gum pockets, or a poor initial healing response to deep teeth cleaning, gum surgery is employed to allow our periodontist access to bacterial plaque and tartar for its removal and/or to shorten deep gum pockets for a more cleansable and healthier periodontium. Under local anesthesia the gums are gently reflected, the bone is cleaned and shaped, and dental plaque and dental tartar are removed. This procedure is completed in our office by our periodontist.