Periodontal pockets can be treated and reversed with good oral hygiene or dental treatment. However, if left untreated, periodontal pockets can cause tooth loss. Root scraping and smoothing help to clean deeply in and around periodontal pockets. This procedure removes plaque and bacteria from the tooth and below the gum line.
Scraping and root smoothing help reduce periodontal pockets and can heal gum tissue. This treatment prevents further infection and keeps your teeth and gums looking good and feeling great. After root scraping and smoothing, most patients notice that their gums retract less and are restored. Gum pockets (also called “periodontal pockets”) don't heal on their own and may worsen over time.
Treatment by a dental professional is the best way to reduce the depth of gum pockets. Gum bags are spaces between the gums and the teeth. Healthy gums fit snugly to the teeth without bone loss. Pouches occur when periodontal disease destroys the supporting tissue and bone structure in the mouth.
The gums will begin to separate from the teeth, leaving a space that is difficult to clean. Without regular cleaning, these areas become infected. Periodontal pockets generally arise as gingivitis progresses to full-fledged gum disease. In its early stages, good oral hygiene can prevent or lessen the impact of these bags.
However, if ignored, they can eventually cause bacteria to progress from the gums to the jaw and contribute to tooth loss. Gingivitis that is not controlled turns into periodontal disease and, in its most severe stage, periodontitis.