Deep pockets cause bone loss
Periodontal pockets are gingival cuffs around your teeth that deepen in state of disease. These deep pockets lack oxygen and can be a reservoir for pathogenic bacteria. As a natural sequence, body tries to stay away from these bacteria, by bone loss and distancing itself from the bacteria colony. Bony crater caused by bone loss is anatomically favorable for the bacteria colony, and this cycle goes on and on.
Surgical intervention of osseous surgery, not only treats the diseased gum but also shapes the affected bone to a more stable situation. Teeth may look longer, but pockets are sustainable over the years. proper and on-time diagnosis by your hygienist is the key.
A nice patient of mine was referred by Pinny, one of our hygienists for the deep pockets behind the terminal molars. Radiographic evaluation showed vertical bony defect. Added with trauma from occlusion caused by tooth grinding, and plaque accumulation, the area was a fiesta for periodontal disease.