Periodontal Pocket Reduction

Scaling and planing can be an effective way to treat and prevent the progression of periodontal disease.Periodontal health refers to the health of the gums and is just as important as the health of the teeth when looking at your oral health. The gums can become infected by the same bacteria that cause cavities if you don’t pay enough attention to your normal oral hygiene routine. Eventually, you may develop something known as periodontal pockets, which can make it very hard to keep your mouth healthy.

What are Periodontal Pockets?

If your gums are in great shape, they will fit snugly against the surface of every tooth. The distance between the gums and their attachment to each tooth will be between one an three millimeters for a person with healthy gums. When gums disease strikes, plaque and tartar will push the surface of the gums away from the surface of your teeth, and the distance between the attachment for the teeth and gums will increase dramatically. Essentially, a pocket will develop between the gums and the surface of your teeth. This pocket will allow food and bacteria into the space that has been created between your teeth and gums.

How do Periodontal Pockets Form?

The bacteria that live in your mouth are constantly trying to congregate on the surfaces of your mouth. They feed on sugars, acids, and food particles that are leftover from your meals and they reproduce. As the congregate and reproduce on your teeth, they build up a fuzzy-feeling layer or film on the surface of your teeth, which we call plaque. Plaque can and should be brushed and flossed away every day. If plaque is allowed to build up on the surface of your teeth, it will eventually harden into a substance called tartar, which is impossible to remove with a brush and floss. If tartar is allowed to stay on your teeth for an extended time, it will eventually creep into the space between your teeth and gums, where it will cause periodontal pockets to form.

What is the Periodontal Pocket Reduction Process?

Periodontal pocket reduction procedures, which are also sometimes called scaling and root planing, aims to treat periodontal disease by eliminating the plaque and tartar from below the gumline. We do this with the help of a tool called an ultrasonic scaler, which uses ultrasonic vibrations to break up and wash away plaque and tartar. Usually, we will begin the procedure by applying a local anesthetic to the area of your mouth that we will be working on. Once all of the plaque and tartar has been removed from below your gumline, we will use a special tool called a planer to smooth out the surface of the roots of your teeth. By smoothing out the surface of the roots of your teeth, we will remove the potential for irritating your gums, which will be trying to heal after this procedure.

Schedule Your Periodontal Appointment Today

Here at The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Smithtown NY, we are always looking for ways to increase the health of our patients. The trick to keeping your mouth healthy is understanding what conditions can affect it and what circumstances can lead to those conditions. When it comes to periodontal health, we can treat periodontal pockets with periodontal pocket reduction procedures for our patients who need this service. If you have been told that you need periodontal pocket reduction, or if you suspect you may have periodontal (gum) disease, please call us today at (631) 982-9669 to schedule an appointment at our Long Island dental office.

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