Pocket Irrigation

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Bacteria in dental plaque cause periodontal disease. The term “plaque” refers to the sticky substance that forms on your teeth. The immune system’s cells begin to release substances in effort to get rid of the bacteria. This leads to inflamed and damaged gums, the periodontal ligament, or the alveolar bone. This also causes gums to bleed and swell.

Pocket irrigation intends to clean plaque between teeth and under the gumline areas of the mouth in order to avoid severe oral bacteria. Pocket irrigation also delivers antibacterials to the subgingival areas.

Implications of pocket irrigation

  • Interdental cleaning
  • Halitosis prevention
  • Subgingival cleaning
  • Antimicrobial application

What does pocket irrigation process involve?

  • Pocket irrigation is generally achieved during dental cleaning, pocket reduction surgery, or other dental treatments.
  • Tartar and subgingival plaque are removed during pocket reduction surgery. An oral irrigator will be used to apply an antimicrobial agent.
  • A pocket irrigator may be used during a deep cleaning procedure, in effort to reduce subgingival oral bacteria.

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