Periodontal pockets can cause serious problems. They can lead to the loss of gum tissue, bone and infection. They are something to take seriously, but what happens if you don’t know you have them. Learning what periodontal pockets are and the signs that you have them can help you avoid bigger problems later on.
What Are They?
Periodontal pockets refer to deep spaces between the teeth and gums. They are the result of bacterial growth in the mouth. The bacteria form a sticky film of plaque on the teeth. When the plaque is not removed it eventually turns into tartar. Over time the tartar will cause the gums to become inflamed and that can lead to the formation of periodontal pockets. The bacteria will continue to grow in these deep pockets and that can lead to gum disease.
Recognizing the Signs of a Periodontal Pocket
The best way to prevent the formation of periodontal pockets is to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Even with that, it is possible that the pockets will form. That is why it is important to recognize the signs of periodontal pockets. The sooner you get treatment, the easier it is to prevent more trouble.
|•||Gum inflammation – The bacteria can cause the gums around the pocket to become inflamed.|
|•||Loose teeth – As the gums separate from the teeth, the teeth may become loose.|
|•||Bad breath – It is hard to clean the bacteria growing in these pockets and the bacteria can lead to struggles with bad breath.|
|•||Tooth sensitivity – The bacteria in the pockets can cause tooth decay. As the tooth decays, it becomes sensitive. At some point that sensitivity can turn into real pain.|
There is one other way to recognize periodontal pockets. Our dental professionals can find them during your checkups. Through the tools we have and our ability to take different types of oral images, we can determine where the periodontal pockets are and how big a problem they are. We can then come up with a treatment plan for them.
Don’t skimp on your oral hygiene habits. Contact our offices to schedule an appointment today.