Did you know that your gums have pockets? They do, but when your gums are healthy they are hardly noticeable. When people talk about deep pockets it usually refers to having a lot of money, which is a good thing. However, if your gums have deep pockets that is not a good thing. The pockets in your gums are referred to as periodontal pockets, and if you have deep periodontal pockets it means your gums are diseased. Do your gums have deep pockets?
Periodontal Pocket FAQs
Fact #1: Your dentist can measure the depth of your periodontal pockets to determine the health of your gingival tissue (your gums).
Fact #2: Periodontal pockets are a sign of advanced periodontal disease.
Fact #3: When your gums are diseased these pockets become deeper.
Fact #4: The deeper they become the more likely pathogenic bacteria will get caught in the pockets and cause infection.
Fact #5: The pockets of healthy gums measure between 1 and 3 mm.
Fact #6: Higher numbers indicate your gums are inflamed.
Fact #7: If your periodontal pockets are 4 mm deep that is a warning sign.
Fact #8: Pockets deeper than 5 mm require treatment such as a deep cleaning.
Fact #9: A deep cleaning involves the use of special dental instruments that remove plaque and tartar buildup. The gums are commonly numbed before treatment.
Fact #10: Higher numbers may require surgery.
Fact #11: Surgery involves anesthetizing the patient, slicing the gingival tissue, flipping it back for easy access, and performing a thorough removal of plaque and tartar. The gums are then sutured back together.
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Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.