Pocket Irrigation Can Help Treat Gum Disease

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At our office, we want to help you avoid having deep pockets. No, we’re not talking about your finances. We’re talking about periodontal pockets.

Periodontal pockets form when plaque and bacteria build up on the tooth’s surface and cause the gum tissue to become swollen and inflamed. When this happens, the gums begin to pull away from the tooth’s surface and create pockets where more bacteria and plaque can build up. When you visit us, our doctor can examine your mouth for signs of periodontal pockets and provide appropriate treatment, such as pocket irrigation.

Pocket irrigation, also known as oral irrigation, is a common periodontal treatment used to clean out the plaque and bacteria that have built up in a pocket, thus preventing your periodontal pockets from becoming deeper. In most cases, pocket irrigation is combined with other cleaning treatments, such as scaling and root planing, to help you regain optimum oral health.

During a pocket irrigation treatment, Dr. David E. Pearson will use a pocket irrigator tool to shoot a high-pressure stream of water between your teeth and around the gum line. Free-roaming bacteria and soft plaque will be washed away, giving your gums a chance to heal and regenerate.
If the gums have receded significantly from the tooth’s surface, our doctor may recommend a gum graft or surgery to restore your natural gum line.

If you have developed the early stages of gum disease, we encourage you to contact our practice at 770.995.9051 and set up an appointment with our doctor in Lawrenceville, Georgia. We can help you know if pocket irrigation is the right choice to help you restore your oral health.