Aren’t you happy for me? Sounds wonderful, right? Well, unfortunately it’s not what it sounds like. Let me explain.
I went to the dentist yesterday for the first time in almost three years (thank you COVID) and the news wasn’t good. I had a significant tartar accumulation, especially around my bottom front teeth. I also have a cavity filling that is deteriorating and needs to be replaced. But if that’s not enough, also have what the dentist referred to as “deep pockets,” also known as “periodontal pockets.”
When there is plaque or tartar around or below the gum, it starts to pull away, creating a deeper pocket due to inflammation and swelling from the bacteria. This is when the gum starts to have “pockets” deeper than three millimeters, which indicate some form of gum disease.
The dental hygienist used some sort of medieval torture instrument to measure my pockets and most of them were in the four to five millimeter range, with an occasional six millimeter pocket just for good measure.
The hygienist spent nearly an hour torturing me in order to clean away most of the tartar on and around my teeth, but I have to go back in two weeks two have part two of the cleaning and for a remeasuring of my pockets. And also to have that decomposing filling replaced.
I can hardly wait!