Periodontal or gum diseases are a result of plaque and tartar deposits that develop above and below the gumline. They inflame the gums and form periodontal pockets. Periodontal pockets are gaps or spaces between the teeth and gums. They house bacteria, plaque, and tartar and lead to abscess formation. If left untreated, they cause gum and bone recession and tooth loss.
Periodontal pocket irrigation is a versatile dental treatment that cleanses these pockets and eliminates plaque and tartar from the interdental and subgingival sections of the mouth.
What are the benefits of gum pocket irrigation?
The benefits provided by gum pocket irrigation are:
a. Interdental Cleaning
Gum pocket irrigation helps in removing plaque, trapped food particles and, debris from between the teeth. The elimination of plaque leaves the gum pockets clean and shallow and the gum tissues healthy.
b. Halitosis Prevention
Halitosis or bad breath is a consequence of food particles trapped between the teeth. Brushing and flossing are not able to reach these vulnerable areas but gum pocket irrigation reaches into the deep pockets and interdental spaces to remove the food particles and debris.
c. Subgingival Cleaning
Gum pocket irrigators have a soft round tip that prevents tissue damage while scraping the surface below the gumline. It easily flushes out bacteria, plaque, and toxins from the subgingival region.
d. Antimicrobial Application
Gum pocket irrigation uses antimicrobial solutions combined with water to irrigate the interdental spaces and subgingival regions. The antimicrobial application is efficient in eliminating stains, bacteria, and toxins.
How is gum pocket irrigation performed?
Cleansing periodontal pockets with conventional methods is quite challenging. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing cannot provide deep cleansing. Gum pocket irrigation cleanses plaque from between the teeth and under the gumline. Gum pocket irrigation is a combination of multiple dental treatments like professional cleaning, scaling, root planing, and pocket reduction surgery. It is performed using a water jet or water pick to flush the interdental areas. The water jet has a soft rubber tip that provides low-pressure delivery of therapeutic rinses. It easily reaches upto 90% of the depth of a 6mm pocket and also decreases pocket depth.
Gum pocket irrigation can also be done at home as a part of your regular oral care regimen. Using a water jet is gentler to the soft gum tissues than a string of dental floss.
We, at Bliss Dentistry of Campbell, California, cater to all your needs pertaining to dental services and routine exams. Our Campbell dentists with their entire team persevere to provide you with exceptional treatment that enhances and maintains the beauty of your smile. If you have any further question, queries or dental emergencies and are looking for an experienced dentist in the South Bay Area, feel free to contact us at (408) 963-6678 to schedule an appointment.