Can a periodontal pocket be caused by trauma or something other than a disease process?

May 17th, 2012

Q: Can a periodontal pocket be caused by trauma or something other than a disease process?

A: Yes…a good question…..a periodontal pocket can be caused by the inflammatory process (disease process) and also from trauma. This means your bite, the way your teeth meet and touch,  or any trauma might cause a periodontal pocket.  Other possible causes include root or tooth fracture, failing root canal, dental decay below the gum line, iatrogenic dentistry, a foreign object embedded below the gum, systemic disease, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and  traumatic impact to the face.

Of course there are many other causes too numerous to mention here that can cause a periodontal pocket, but I think we have discussed the major factors.

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