I’ve got a deep pocket affecting my back molars and causing them to shift a little. My dentist has already done a deep cleaning. I am brushing and flossing twice as much as I used to. Is there anything else I can do to treat this problem?
Eric S. – Washington
Many times just doing a really deep cleaning is enough to stop the progress of the gum disease. Hopefully your dentist is putting you on a three month check-up schedule instead of six, just until you are certain you’ve gotten a handle on the pocket problem.
If you’re having a problem keeping the area thoroughly cleaned, your dentist may want to recommend a crown lengthening. This is done with a local anesthetic. The excess tissue around your tooth is removed. The procedure helps by reducing the distance from the top of your gum to the bone. That reduces your pocket and makes it easier for you to keep the area cleaner.
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