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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Understanding Gum Pockets

06/01/2004

Question:

I have a bridge and a large crown (not adjacent) in my lower jaw. After not flossing for a few days, I developed gum pockets in those areas. My dentist suggested I see a periodontist, but after taking the antibiotics, flossing and keeping the areas scrupulously clean, the pockets have disappeared. What causes the gum pockets and are they likely to recur without additional treatment? Thank you.

Answer:

Pockets are caused by not keeping the areas clean. Continued flossing and regular professional cleanings are needed to prevent pockets.

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Response by:

Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD
Professor of Restorative & Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University