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Know your numbers

Dental professionals use an instrument called a “periodontal probe” is used to take depth measurements, usually 6 measurements per tooth. Three on the outside and three on the inside.

If you have healthy gums, they will look pink and firm. You will have no bleeding.

In a healthy mouth, the pocket depth is usually between 1 and 3 millimeters (mm). Pockets deeper than 4 mm may indicate periodontitis. Pockets deeper than 6 mm cannot be cleaned well. You are not considered prophylaxis.  Which is what your insurance company covers twice a year.

Take dental X-rays to check for bone loss in areas where your dentist observes deeper pocket depths.

Some signs of unhealthy gums include redness and swelling, gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, and gums that appear to be pulling away from the teeth.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, and you may see bleeding. The gums are 3-4mm in-depth and it does not affect the bone.

Your hygienist measures the depth of spaces between your teeth and gums, which help in diagnosing the health of your gums and bone. …

In early gum disease, pockets depth ranges from 4 to 5 mm. As gum disease progresses, pockets get deeper as the bone supporting your teeth recedes.

A person with gum disease will typically signs and symptoms: Bright red, swollen gums that bleed easily, even during brushing or flossing. A bad taste or persistent mouth odor. … Gums that are red or purple and look like they’re pulling away from the teeth.

When the bone is gone it is gone, it does not come back. The only way to get bone to come back to have a bone graft performed.

If your pockets are deeper than a 4 you may require deep cleaning.

Signs that you may have infected gums include:

  1. Gums that are swollen, tender or bleeding.
  2. Receding gums.
  3. Chronic bad breath.
  4. Loose teeth.
  5. A noticeable change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
  6. Pus coming from the gums.

How do you treat a deep pocket in your gums?

We clean the out bacteria from the pockets around the teeth to prevent further destruction of bone and tissue.

  1. Cleaning and scaling around the teeth to remove the bacteria
  2. Laser treatment
  3. Medication
  4. Good oral hygiene. Regular brushing with a soft brush can help prevent gum disease. ..
  5. Advanced periodontitis you may need to see a specialist