What You Periodontist Has to Say About Periodontal Pockets
You may have heard your periodontist say something about gum pockets (sometimes referred to as periodontal pockets) increasing or decreasing in size. This may come up in a routine checkup at a Dallas dentist’s office like Lynn Dental Care. Your periodontist and dentist might refer to your gum pockets in regards to a general cleaning or in regards to a more serious periodontal disease like gingivitis or periodontitis. In today’s Lynn Dental Care blog, we dive right in and explain the importance of gum pockets. We explore how the depth of your pockets indicate the health of your gums and what you can do to keep your gums healthy.
What Are Gum Pockets?
So, what does your periodontist mean when he or she refers to your gum pockets? Gum pockets are the space between your teeth and gums. When your teeth first come in, they erupt through your gums. It’s natural for a bit of separation between your gums and your teeth due to this eruption. Your periodontist can measure the depth of these pockets to get a clearer understanding of your gums’ health.
Pocket Depth, Size, and Health
A typical gum pocket should sit anywhere between 1 to 3 millimeters deep. This holds true for all areas of your mouth. Bigger teeth don’t necessarily need deeper pockets, but some people naturally have slightly larger pockets than others. Having pockets at 3 or 4 millimeters doesn’t necessarily indicate you have a periodontal disease or an infection; however, deeper pockets are one of the earliest signs of periodontal disease. Your periodontist should measure and chart the depth of your gum pockets at least once a year. At Lynn Dental Care, we find it much easier to treat periodontal disease if we catch it early. Measuring pockets helps us catch gum disease in the earliest stages.
Though important, pocket depth doesn’t tell us everything. A person with deep pockets that don’t bleed might have less damage than someone with smaller pockets that bleed during testing. At Lynn Dental Care, we also visually check the tissue. Unhealthy gums show more swelling and discoloration than healthy gums.
Visit Our Periodontist Today
At Lynn Dental Care, we try to take care of all things dental in one place. Dr. Lynn, our dentist, orthodontist, and periodontist, specializes in many different areas of oral health. When you visit us, you get experience in a lot of different areas. This way you don’t have to get acquainted with an oral surgeon or a periodontist or an orthodontist. You get a familiar face, no matter the procedure. If this sounds like something you’d want, feel free to contact Lynn Dental Care today.