Edmond Dentist: An Inside Look At Teeth And Gums
When you visited Dr. Ballinger, your Edmond dentist or any dentist you may have heard the dentist state that you have periodontal pockets while conducting a routine dental examination. Did you ever wonder what that meant, or why you might have them? Perhaps, you wondered, but you were too shy to ask.
While you should never be afraid to ask your dentist anything, we understand that you’d just want to let the dentist do their work so you can get out as soon as possible. That’s why Dr. Ballinger, your Edmond dentist offers answers right here; in case you ever get curious! Today, we’re going to explain a bit more about what these periodontal pockets are and why a patient can develop them.
You see, healthy teeth and gums are identified by gums that fit snugly around each tooth. More specifically, the distance between the gum tissue and its attachment to the tooth should be only one to three millimeters in depth. When gums have deeper spaces around the teeth these are referred to as periodontal pockets.
If you’re experiencing any plaque build-up, ongoing bad breath, bleeding, red and swollen gums or you see that some of your gums have pulled away from your teeth, these are all signs of the start of gum disease which are also all reasons these pockets appear. You should certainly allow Dr. Ballinger, your Edmond dentist, or your local dentist, to conduct a thorough examination of your mouth following this discovery.
Dr. Ballinger, your Edmond dentist can remove hardened plaque (tartar) during teeth cleanings to prevent the continuation of gum disease which can soon follow from periodontal pockets that are left uncleaned. By Dr. Ballinger, your Edmond dentist removing all of the tartar and plaque from your teeth and underneath your gums, the gums can heal and tighten around the tooth again.
If you’d like to make an appointment with Dr. Ballinger, your Edmond dentist, please feel free to contact us by calling 405-844-8445.