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Between our teeth and gums there is a naturally occurring pocket or space. Normal pocket depths range from 1 – 3 mm. If your dentist or hygienist tells you that you have “deep pockets”, they are referring to the space being greater than 3 mm. If this is the case, the first recommended treatment is scaling and root planing, what most patients know as a “deep cleaning”. The procedure is done in two visits in order to clean half of the mouth at a time. Typically, a patient is anesthetized with nitrous oxide and local anesthetic. Deeper sedation can be done at the patient’s request. Patients need to be numb so that the Periodontist or hygienist can access the deeper areas along the root surface of the teeth in order to clean and smooth the affected root surfaces. Medication is placed into the pockets to provide disinfection of the root surface and gum tissue. Oral hygiene instructions, such as proper brushing and floss along with other adjunctive aids, will be reviewed by your Periodontist or hygienist in order to help you be the most effective in keeping your teeth clean and bacteria levels low while at home. In 4 – 6 weeks, the patient will be seen again to evaluate the healing and prognosis of their teeth and gums. Further treatment may be recommended depending on the patient’s oral hygiene and the depths of their pockets after healing by one of our Kansas City Periodontists, Drs. Thomas, Combs & Thomas.

North Kansas City
9321 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64155
11401 Nall Ave.
Leawood, KS 66211
Country Club Plaza
411 Nichols Rd., Suite 236
Kansas City, MO 64112
Lee’s Summit
3355 NE Ralph Powell Rd.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
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