Gum Tissue Pocket – How Do I Get Rid of It?

By Dave / May 21, 2007

pain when flossingQuestion: Curtis wrote: I have an open pocket near the molar. I also start to get a very painful sensation whenever I floss the area. I think its due to Gingivitis .

But honestly, I really don’t know how it came about. In which it leads to my general questions. How did this happen? How do I get rid of it?

Is there anyway to prevent it from happening again?


Answer: Hi Curtis and thank you for asking these questions.

You have an open pocket? Do you mean that there is loose gum tissue that appears to form a pocket around one of your molars? Does it bleed when you brush or floss? Gum disease can be present whether there is bleeding or not.

How did it happen? : Gum disease, trauma to the tissue or both. If it is gum disease , you will need to review your brushing and flossing routines and how often you are getting professional cleanings.

For gum disease it may be helpful to get professional cleanings at least every three months and possibly every two months. A periodontist can help you figure that out.

How do you get rid of it?

First, visit your periodontist and carefully consider his recommendation(s). Obviously, I can’t tell you what type of problem(s) you are facing, but I can tell you that going to a periodontist will be worth the investiture of your time.

The periodontist will give you his recommendation and you can choose what to do from there.

There are additional tools that I use at home , in additional to professional care.

How do you keep it from coming back?

After the immediate problem is addressed by your periodontist:

Aside from regular brushing, flossing and frequent professional dental cleanings (this last is very important), you may want to consider additional tools that can help with home care.

Here are some of the tools that I personally use to fight the progression of gum disease.

The loss of gum tissue may come strictly from a diseased condition or from trauma to the gums or both. If you have a history of brushing too hard, this alone can cause recession of gum tissue.

If you have had gum surgery, recession can be caused by that as well.

It sounds to me like you have may have a real problem there and if it were me personally, I would go to a periodontist to have it checked out.

Periodontist have more expertise when it comes to gum health and disease compared to general dentists.

In either case, I suggest that you go immediately to a periodontist.

The reason why is that your periodontist will do a thorough assessment of your gum health including the area you are having problems with

I don’t know your age but most people over 30 have gum disease of some type. That does NOT mean it is normal to have gum disease .

Unfortunately, most of us just don’t know how to fight gum disease or prevent its occurrence in the first place. And it seems that the information is not widely available or just poorly understood.

I opened the website to help explore concerns about gum disease.

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