Can you show me, Doctor?
Surely, please watch me in the hand mirror. I'll reach under the gum with a measuring instrument.
I'll do this very carefully around one of your teeth.
I want to show you that there are deep spaces under you gums.
These spaces are called periodontal pockets.
Some of your teeth are getting loose.
Can you see this tooth move when I touch it?
What can I do about it, Doctor?
I'll begin by scaling and polishing your teeth.
The calculus and stains have to be removed before your gums can become healthy.
You must be taught to use your toothbrush properly.
You'll also be shown how to use dental floss.
One of the most important Parts of treatment is your daily home care.
Without good home care, my treatment will fail.
And what if the condition is not treated?
If your condition isn't treated, your teeth will get looser.
Eventually, the teeth will become infected.
As a result, they will probably have to be extracted.
What about these periodontal pockets?
How can I keep such areas clean?
The periodontal pockets that I showed you are areas that are impossible to clean effectively.
No matter how hard you try to clean your teeth, there will always be small amounts of food and bacteria under the gums.
There's also calculus under the gums on the roots of the teeth.
The food, bacteria, and calculus in the pockets cause the gums to bleed.
They are the main cause of gum recession and bone recession.
Is there a way to prevent this recession?
I recommend a gingivectomy to eliminate the pockets.
If the pockets are eliminated you'll be able to brush and floss your teeth more effectively.
Your gums will be healthy.
The loss of bone will be controlled, and your teeth will be preserved.