It sounds like you have periodontal disease and that's why the dentist suggested the deep cleaning... to help reduce the pocket depths.
As I said before, the bridge will not make the deep pocket any better. As a matter of fact the bridge may make it more difficult to clean that tooth which could result in the pocket getting deeper. The purpose of the deep cleaning is to remove the bacteria from the deep pockets in an attempt to get the gum tighter against the tooth reducing the depth of the pocket.
If you have the deep cleaning done after the bridge is put in, the margins at the gum line may not fit well due to the reduction in the pocket which causes the gum to pull up higher.... exposing more root surface. To have the bridge done after the deep cleaning would have been better because then the margins of the crowns could have been made to cover the newly exposed areas.
Reconsider the deep cleaning. Tell your dentist that you want to be numbed up for it and do it either 2 visits (upper and lower on one side, then next appointment upper and lower on the other side)or do one quadrant per visit which would be 4 visits. Then let everything heal for about 6-8 weeks and have the bridge made then. Of course you would have to maintain a very good at home oral hygiene regimen every day and get your teeth professionally cleaned once every 3-4 months to prevent the pockets from getting deep again.
I hope I have explained all of this clearly. Let me know if you have any more questions...
Originally Posted by Marshur
Tooth #3 was not root cannaled. Before it was pulled I was told I needed a root canal, but I did not have the money for that so I told him to pull it. After it was out they said a root Canal would not have worked because it has a split down the middle of the tooth.
I was told there is a pocket about 5 cm wide at tooth number 4. Was told the crown and bridge will cover it and should salve my pain problem.
Also was told I need a deep cleaning. But I did not want to do that because of the pain of deep cleaning.
So right now I have a temp crown on. Do you know what is going to fix my problem of the pocket?
I want to think you for your help!!