Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that results in gum inflammation, bone and gum recession, and tooth loss if left untreated. The disease can be treated with a variety of effective treatments and procedures, including pocket irrigation, which can help slow its progression.
The purpose of pocket irrigation is to remove plaque from the interdental (between the teeth) and subgingival (under the gumline) regions of the mouth in order to prevent the colonization of harmful oral bacteria. During this procedure, antibacterials are also delivered to the subgingival area.
Oral irrigation, also known as pocket irrigation, is a versatile dental treatment used for several preventative purposes. Pocket irrigation can be performed during a professional dental cleaning or at home using a specially modified oral irrigator.
The following are the main benefits of pocket irrigation:
Irrigation of pockets is usually performed in conjunction with other dental treatments, such as a professional dental cleaning or pocket reduction surgery.
The tartar and subgingival plaque will be removed with special scaling and root planing instruments during pocket reduction surgery. Using an oral irrigator, antimicrobial agents can be applied after the pockets are free of debris. As a result, harmful oral bacteria that remain in the pockets will be reduced.
The pockets may be cleaned with a pocket irrigator after scaling and root planing during deep cleaning. It may be necessary to apply an antimicrobial agent in order to reduce subgingival oral bacteria.
A water jet or water pick can be used to perform pocket irrigation at home as part of a daily oral hygiene routine. When used as a substitute for professional dental cleaning, flushing the interdental area with water is less harmful to soft tissue than using dental floss.
You can ask your dentist about pocket irrigation, dental cleaning, periodontal disease, and treatment if you have questions.
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