The following videos provide a better understanding of the infections and related conditions that affect your gums. Your gums are vitally important to preserving and protecting the roots of the teeth and the jaw bones that provide the structure for your teeth. Please look through these instructional videos to become familiar with these conditions.
Gingival Probing and Pocket Depth
A simple procedure used during your Hygiene Appointment is the use of a calibrated probe, used to measure the gum ‘pocket’ in the bone structure around your teeth. The video below demonstrates how this is done and the conditions that may result from bone loss. We will make you aware of the teeth that have large pockets and any places in your mouth where the pockets are growing between your dental visits. You may be instructed by the Dental Hygienist to pay particular attention to problem areas in your daily cleaning, or a more thorough procedure may be required.
When you lose the bone structure or have recurrent gum problems, eventually you will have the gums (gingiva) pull back from the tooth. It's a recoverable condition if caught quickly enough.
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is common but largely preventable.
Consequences of Bone Loss
When left untreated, infections below the gum will eventually begin causing a loss of bone and the supporting structure for the teeth. Although there are sophisticated methods to restore lost bone structure, the best method is to avoid bone loss.
Plaque and Calculus
The buildup of food particles on the visible tooth and below gum surfaces interacts with bacteria in your mouth to form plaque and calculus. Below the gum, these materials will harbor bacteria and infection that will inflame the gum and attack the bone structure.
The infection of the Gums is known as Gingivitis. It can be a significant problem if left untreated. Proper home care will help control the condition, but often there will be special dental procedures required to resolve the problem.