Receive A Professional Deep Dental Cleaning With Pocket Irrigation
Our Elk Grove, CA dentist, Krystle Fenton, offers pocket irrigation which is a pain-free cleaning procedure that can aid in helping to eliminate a number of different dental problems. It can also be used to administer antimicrobial medication into the gum pockets.
What is Oral Irrigation?
Irrigation is used by your dentist during routine cleanings to remove plaque from between the teeth and under the gumline by use of a pressurized jet of water. Irrigation can reach very small and out-of-sight areas to ensure that your teeth have received a thorough cleaning. Since it can also get into gum pockets (the space between your tooth and your gums), it is useful in cleaning that delicate area without invasive techniques or pain.
What Problems Can be Solved by Oral Irrigation?
As mentioned above, during routine cleanings, irrigation is able to remove plaque, food and any other debris that has become lodged in tight spaces between teeth or in gum pockets. This cleansing process is a great prevention method for tooth decay and for the maintenance of healthy gums. It can also aid in reversing more advanced dental problems as well.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath (halitosis), it can be highly beneficial to receive pocket irrigation. Toothbrushes and picks cannot always reach the smallest of crevices and other areas where tiny food particles can become trapped and allow bacteria to grow. When these areas have been flushed out through irrigation, it can help to clear up or eliminate bad breath.
When water is not enough to remove some kinds of bacteria or the gums have become inflamed, antimicrobial medicines may be helpful either alone or in addition to water. Simply applying an antimicrobial to the affected area may not allow it to reach under the gums into deepened gum pockets. Application of medication using the irrigation method can eliminate this problem.
Pocket Irrigation & Gum Disease
Bacteria combines with mucus to form plaque on all surfaces inside your mouth. Plaque can be removed from the surfaces of teeth and at the gumline by regular brushing and flossing. Great dental hygiene in addition to routine cleanings (with pocket irrigation) can aid in preventing plaque from causing any oral problems. However, if plaque is not removed regularly and thoroughly from all areas of the mouth, it can worsen until it hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed from the teeth or gums with normal brushing or flossing. However, tartar can be removed during professional cleanings.
Both plaque and tartar can cause not only problems with the teeth (such as decay and cavities) but with the gums as well. Plaque and tartar that is left unchecked can lead to gum disease. When plaque or tartar (or a combination) cause the gums to become inflamed, this is what is known as gingivitis. The gums become red, swollen and may bleed. Gingivitis can be cleared up by regular brushing, flossing, and routine professional cleanings.
If gingivitis is not cleared up, it can lead to a more severe gum disease known as periodontitis. When this happens, gums begin to recede or pull away from the teeth and gum pockets are deepened - creating more area for bacteria and infection. If this continues without treatment, teeth, gum tissue, and even bone can be lost.
Pocket irrigation is key for those suffering from stubborn gingivitis or the advanced periodontitis. Irrigation is not only able to clean under the gums and inside of any deepened pockets but also can deliver medicine to the infection in these locations as well.
Contact Laguna Vista Dental Today!
If you are experiencing any of the gum-related issues mentioned here (change in color, swelling or bleeding) please call Laguna Vista Dental at 916-684-3105 office to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Haven't been to the dentist in about five years and finally made an appointment to go in. Went to see Dr. Fenton and right from the start, the staff was very friendly and that made me feel welcomed. Dr. Fenton is great very easy on the touch and made a lot of my dental fears go away. I'm very glad I found this office and would recommend anyone to go see them.