If you have periodontal disease, Dr. Cockrell’s hygienists may provide pocket irrigation following root planing and scaling and also with periodontal maintenance. Pocket irrigation is used to disrupt harmful bacteria from colonizing in your mouth. We invite you to schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about periodontal treatment and pocket irrigation by contacting our office at 714-974-0949 in Anaheim Hills, California.
Pocket Irrigation, also known as oral irrigation, can be performed as part of a periodontal maintenance treatment at our office or at home with an oral irrigation device. This treatment clears food particles, plaque, and other debris beneath the gum tissues, thus maintaining more clean and shallow subgingival pockets. This treatment has the added benefit of helping prevent bad breath. In addition, our hygienists may use pocket irrigation treatment to deliver antimicrobials below the gum lines to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria.
Pocket irrigation devices typically have a rounded tip, which reduces the risk of tissue damage and sensitivity, facilitating a more extensive cleaning. If performed at home, you can use a water jet or waterpik. This should never take the place of regular professional cleanings.
If you have questions about pocket irrigation and want to make your appointment with our experienced dentist and hygienists, please call our practice today.