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POCKET IRRIGATION: A Deeper Dental Cleaning

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Do You Need A Deeper Clean?

One of the symptoms of periodontal disease is the gum tissue pulling away from teeth. This gingival recession results in what is called periodontal pockets, which are the gaps between the gums and the teeth.

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Periodontal pockets can worsen your oral health because they are hard to clean and they collect food, plaque, tarter, and other substances. If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress and lead to gum inflammation, the recession of bone and gum tissue, and ultimately tooth loss.

In order to clear out your periodontal pockets, Roman Dental Arts offers pocket irrigation which can be effective in treating the progression of the disease. Pocket irrigation, also called oral irrigation, is a tool that sends a stream of water to your teeth. This can be completed in our office or at home.

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When used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, pocket irrigation can produce a healthier, cleaner mouth. Pocket irrigation is especially important for oral health.

What Ways Can Oral Irrigation Be Beneficial?

  • Interdental Cleaning – Pocket irrigators blast plaque, food particles and other debris from between the teeth. The removal of harmful materials and bacteria keep the gum pockets cleaner and shallower; thus helping the gum tissue remain healthy.

  • Halitosis Prevention – Halitosis (or bad breath) is generally a result of old food particles between the teeth, and tooth decay. A toothbrush or dental scraper alone may not be able to reach into the depths of the gum pockets, but water jets can flush out food particles and help clean above and below the gumline.

  • Subgingival Cleaning – Pocket irrigators have a rounded tip which eliminates the risk of tissue damage while cleaning under the gumline. The side port opening facilitates extensive cleansing by flushing out bacteria, particles and toxins from below the gumline.

  • Antimicrobial application – Antimicrobial substances have proven effective for eliminating and preventing some strains of harmful oral bacteria. Antimicrobial substances can be combined with water, or used as a stand-alone treatment for successful pocket irrigation.

What Does Pocket Irrigation Treatment Involve?

Pocket irrigation is generally performed in combination with other dental treatments; for example, as part of a professional dental cleaning or in combination with pocket reduction surgery.

In pocket reduction surgery, the tartar and subgingival plaque will be removed with special scaling and root planing instruments. Once the pockets are free of debris, an antimicrobial agent may be applied using an oral irrigator. This will help reduce harmful oral bacteria which still remain in the pockets.

During a deep cleaning procedure, a pocket irrigator may be used after scaling and root planing to cleanse the pockets. Again, an antimicrobial agent may be applied 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. Ask Dr. Donald or Dr. Alissa Roman if pocket irrigation is the right treatment for you.

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We invite you to learn more about Pocket Irrigation from our caring team at Roman Dental Arts in Hackensack, NJ.

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Roman Dental Arts in Hackensack, NJ is committed to providing exceptional state-of-the-art dentistry. Our patients appreciate the comfortable experience and modern technology they receive from our friendly and caring team.

While our patients travel from many locations, here are some of the communities within Bergen County we serve. New patients are always welcomed into our dental family.

  • Hackensack

  • River Edge

  • Maywood

  • Paramus

  • Oradell

  • Rochelle Park

  • Teaneck

  • New Milford

  • Bergenfield

  • Dumont

  • Saddle Brook

  • Hasbrouck Heights