Periodontal Pockets a.k.a. Gum Pockets

Periodontal pockets are spaces surrounding the teeth under the gum line. This is caused by bacteria buildup surrounding and separating the gum from the tooth, burying into the gum tissue causing infection, gum disease, and tartar build up over time. If gum disease builds up, it can cause heart damage and diabetes.

If you’re suffering from periodontal pockets, then you need to see the dentist right away to prevent gum recession. Gum recession occurs with the gum tissue recedes or is reduced down low and lower around the tooth until the entire tooth is visible. This is not looks unappealing, but is extremely dangerous to your oral health.

what are periodontal pockets

What causes gum pockets?

Ongoing gum inflammation can cause periodontitis, eventually causing pockets to develop between your gums and teeth that fill with plaque, tartar and bacteria. In time, these gum pockets become deeper, filling with more bacteria.

Is it normal to have gum pockets?

It isn’t normal to have gum pockets, but it is common. To determine the presence of periodontal pockets, the dentist must measure the depth and size of the pockets. Red pockets deeper than 4mm showing inflammation or bleeding will require immediate treatment.

How do you get rid of gum pockets?

You can get rid of gum pockets, but receding gums can be permanent. That’s why it’s important that we We treat periodontal pockets at Pickett Family Dental as quickly as possible to prevent further damage to gum pockets. This can involve one of the following options:

  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Gingival Flap Surgery
  • Gingivectomy
  • Gingivoplasty