Written by: on September 1, 2015 @ 5:26 pm

water pikIf you happened to read the blog prior to this one, and have perused our website, you may be wondering: What about pocket irrigation? That is a way to treat periodontal disease too, isn’t it? Yes, it is. There are several different treatments for periodontal disease depending on how severe it is. For instance, gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal disease, can be reversed with a deep cleaning. More severe periodontal disease, however, may require other methods. Read on to find out more about pocket irrigation.

What is Pocket Irrigation?

Pocket irrigation is a dental treatment that helps remove bacterial plaque (that leads to decay and periodontal disease) from between your teeth and underneath your gum line. Bacterial plaque, if left untreated, hardens into tartar. Tartar is a cement like material that can only be removed with special dental tools. Pocket irrigation, on the other hand, can be performed by the dentist as part of a professional dental cleaning, or you can do it at home.

The Treatment

Pocket irrigation is basically flushing your gingival pockets with water. It can be done at home with a water pick or water jet. When done at the dentists it may be performed along with other treatments such as a professional dental cleaning, a deep cleaning to treat gum disease, or pocket reduction surgery:

  • Deep cleaning: After the deep cleaning procedure, which includes scaling and root planing, a pocket irrigator may be used to cleanse the area, or to apply an antimicrobial agent to help reduce harmful oral bacteria.
  • Pocket reduction surgery: Again, after using scaling and root planing instruments to clean the teeth subgingivally, a pocket irrigator may be used to remove any leftover debris and/or to apply an antimicrobial agent to, once again, help keep harmful oral bacteria from multiplying.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

Catogories: Gum Disease, Periodontal Disease

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