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Pocket Irrigation Torrance

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition which leads to gum inflammation, the destruction of bone and gum tissue, and ultimately tooth loss if left untreated. Pocket irrigation is one of many tools we can use to help control the disease.

Reasons for Pocket Irrigation

The goal if pocket irrigation is to kill and reduce the number of harmful bacteria in periodontal pockets (diseased areas under the gumline), thus helping to prevent the colonization of those harmful bacteria that cause destruction of the surrounding soft tissue and bone.

Pocket irrigation may be beneficial in several different ways:

  • Interdental cleaning – Irrigation can help to wash food particals and other debris, toxins and bacteria from under the gums.
  • Halitosis prevention-- Halitosis (bad breath) is usually the result of bacteria, old food particles, tooth decay and sometimes infection. Brushing and flossing alone may not be enough to remove everthing. Irrigation can help clean out the depths of pockets.
  • Antimicrobial application-- Irrigation can be used to deliver various antimicrobial medications under the gums and into the depths of pockets. Many of these medications have proven to be effective for eliminating or reducing some strains of harmful oral bacteria.

What Does Pocket Irrigation Treatment Involve?

Pocket irrigation is usually performed along with other dental treatments. It may be done in conjunction with a professional dental cleaning or in combination with scaling and root planing.

During a deep cleaning procedure, a pocket irrigator may be used after scaling and root planing with an antimicrobial agent to help reduce subgingival oral bacteria.

Pocket irrigation can be performed at home as part of the daily oral routine using a water jet or water pick. Flushing the interdental area with water may be helpful in addition to brushing and flossing.

If you have any questions about pocket irrigation, cleaning your teeth, periodontal disease and treatment, please ask your dentist.