A periodontal pocket, otherwise known as periodontitis, is a gap between your tooth and your gums caused by plaque building up over time. They are a sign of advanced gum disease and require treatment, but it’s possible to avoid long-term damage with treatment and prevention with improved oral hygiene, depending on the severity. At Bella Hanono Family Dentistry, we provide periodontal treatment to our patients in and around Alpharetta, Georgia. The severity of the gap will determine what treatment options are needed. Gaps are measured in millimeters (mm).
Treatment for mild periodontal pockets could be as simple as improved daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing twice a day, or routine professional cleanings in the dental office. You may also use an antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent bacteria from settling in the pockets and causing tissue or tooth damage.
Moderate cases of periodontitis might require a procedure called scaling and root planing, a non-surgical option that uses a laser, ultrasonic device, or hand instruments to remove the build-up of bacteria, tartar, and plaque from around the tooth. It also smooths the surface of the tooth’s root to help gums reattach. An antibacterial gel helps reduce inflammation and prevent bacterial infection. Severe cases may result in bone loss or tooth damage, and a dentist will often order an x-ray to assess the damage and determine treatment options.
Periodontal pockets store bacteria that can lead to complications ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms of infected gums may include red, swollen gums oozing pus, loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, tooth loss, and loss of bone. Early treatment and preventative oral hygiene are essential to avoiding the more severe consequences.
If you are looking for compassionate, professional periodontal pocket treatment in Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Bella Hanono is happy to answer your questions and help protect your smile. Call Bella Hanono Family Dentistry at (770) 343-4052 today to schedule a consultation.