Gingival pocket

A pocket is a dental term which indicates the presence of an abnormaly deep sulcus in the gums, separating it from teeth. A gingival pocket occurs when the margin of the gums increases volume and crawls over teeth. This is an edematous reaction due to either local irritation and subsequent inflammation, systemic issues, or drug induced gingival hyperplasia. A gingival pocket is also called a false pocket or a pseudopocket, and opposed to a periodontal pocket, it is not caused from destruction of alveolar bone.

Dental and oral problems

  Abfraction Abrasion Abscess Ankylosis Anodontia Attrition Broken fillings Bruxism Candidiasis Canker sore (aphthous ulcer) Cavity Cold sore (oral herpes) Crossbite Denture irritation Denture stomatitis (prosthetic stomatitis) Dry Socket Erosion Fluorosis Gingival hyperplasia Gingival pocket Gingivitis Gum disease Gum recession Halitosis Jaw problems Hyperdontia (supernumerary teeth) Hypocalcification Hypodontia Impacted tooth (tooth impaction) Leukoplakia Lichen planus Malocclusion Micrognathia (micrognathism) Mucocele Oligodontia Oral Cancers Overbite Overjet Pericoronitis Periodontal pocket Periodontitis Plaque Prognathia (prognatism) Resorption Retrognathia (retrognatism) Sensitive teeth Sleep apnea Tartar Tooth discolouration Torus Trismus Ulcer Xerostomia


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Last update: 30th of May 2012.