What Exactly Are Periodontal Pockets?

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Similar to how a turtleneck sweater snuggles around your neck, the gums and bones inside your mouth wrap around your tooth to provide protection and stability. With proper oral health, your teeth, gums and bone can remain healthy throughout your life. However, if plaque is allowed to build up on the tooth’s surface, and if it reaches beneath the gum line, it provides a feeding ground for harmful bacteria.

As this bacteria builds up, it causes the gum tissue to become inflamed and swollen. This causes the gums to pull away from the tooth’s surface and create a pocket, which is the perfect hiding place for more plaque and bacteria to gather. If small periodontal pockets are left untreated, they become deeper as more bacteria and plaque build up. In short, your gums begin to stretch out and detach from your teeth, much like that turtleneck you’ve worn and stretched out so much that it is no longer tight.

If you’ve noticed that your gums have started to recede, or if our periodontists notice any signs of pocket formation, don’t worry. There is a solution! At our practice, we offer professional pocket irrigation to remove the plaque and bacteria from your pockets. In many cases, Drs. Neuman and Neuman may also recommend additional treatments to help replace the damaged gum tissue and restore any receding gum lines.

Our periodontists and team are committed to helping all of our patients regain and maintain optimum oral health, including those who have developed periodontal pockets. To learn more about pocket irrigation in Lexington, Kentucky, and other gum disease treatments, we invite you to contact our practice today at 859-252-7726.