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Understanding What Gum Pockets Mean

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Dr. Yokoyama
Understanding What Gum Pockets MeanWhen you have a comprehensive periodontal exam or CPE, we will measure pocket depth. Pocket depth allows us to determine the extent of periodontal disease so we can make a more accurate diagnosis.

Learning What the Measurements Mean

When we perform a CPE, we will use a probe to check pocket depth. This depth tells us just how much the gum has moved away from the tooth. Any pocket depth that is 3mm or less is considered good, and the gum is deemed healthy. However, pocket depths of 4mm or more indicate that the patient needs periodontal treatment. The higher the pocket depth measurement, the more advanced the gum disease.

What Can Be Done About Reducing Pocket Depth?

Pocket reduction surgery, also called flap surgery, can be performed to reduce pocket depth and maintain healthier gums. During this surgery, we create tiny incisions in the gum so a part of the gum can be lifted back. This exposes the roots for a more efficient scaling and root planing, or deep clean. Because periodontitis frequently causes bone loss, we may recontour the underlying bone before suturing the gum tissue. Soft tissue grafts may also be performed to cover exposed roots at recession sites to prevent future infections. The grafts are taken from the palate of the mouth or by using tissue from another donor source. We may also prescribe antibiotics or may need to schedule a root canal if an infection has spread to a tooth's root. If the gum disease is in the initial stage, we will usually recommend a scaling and root planing, or a deep clean, to address the problem.

Gum pockets may reach a depth of 10mm. Therefore, the gums need to be treated as soon as possible after a diagnosis of gum disease. If you need to have you pocket depths checked or have not had a comprehensive periodontal exam (CPE), schedule an appointment now. Call us about scheduling an appointment today.

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