Periodontal Disease and Pocket Depth: What You Need to Know

May 20, 2014

Shutterstock Happy Dental Patient (2)When you think of periodontal disease, what is the first thing that comes to mind? You may envision images of bleeding gums when you brush or floss, or imagine the chronic bad breath that comes with an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. At my office in Burlington, MA, I help my patients prevent and treat gum disease, as well as educate them regarding the ways they can keep their gums healthy between visits to my practice, Complete Dental Care.

Understanding Pocket Depth

When bacteria accumulate on the surfaces of your teeth, a sticky substance known as plaque begins to form. When plaque isn’t removed properly, it hardens into a substance known as tartar. Tartar forms along the gum line, causing inflammation of the gingival tissue. As more of this tartar builds and continues to irritate the gums, the tissue pulls down and away from the enamel surface and deep pockets begin to form.

The cycle continues for as long as the infection is left untreated, and gum recession worsens. This weakening of the connective tissues can eventually result in loose teeth and even complete tooth loss. Fortunately, I offer comprehensive periodontal therapy to aid in halting this process before it becomes more serious. I feel that every patient deserves to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile, and I’m always happy to walk you through the steps of your treatment until you fully understand the procedure. Give me a call today to learn more!

Schedule Your Visit Today

Do you suspect that you or someone in your family may be suffering from periodontal disease? Perhaps you simply have some questions about how gum disease can be treated and prevented. My team and I are here to help. Please contact my office today to schedule your appointment, and we’ll get started on your path toward optimal oral health and overall wellness. From our conveniently located practice in Burlington, MA, I warmly welcome patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Bedford, Woburn, Burlington, Billerica, and more.