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Does it matter how deep gum pockets are?

24-03-2020

Preston Dental Saskatoon Dental Clinic Services

A healthy gum sulcus is anywhere up to 3mm deep. We consider this “within normal limits.” But when plaque bacteria, inflammation, and disease start setting in, the tissues at the bottom of the pocket begins to detach from the tooth. At this point a periodontal pocket is created, which leads to a host of other symptoms, including:

  • Loss of bone support
  • Redness and swelling
  • Halitosis
  • Tooth mobility
  • Gum recession

…and ultimately tooth loss.

Depending on the depth of your periodontal pocket, the treatment protocol will be different. Moderate attachment loss (pockets 5-6mm deep) may require a periodontal scaling and root planing (“deep cleaning”) to remove infectious bacteria. Severe pocketing typically calls for more interceptive treatments, such as bone and gum grafting or referral to a specialist.