Certain dental patients will require what is called “osseous surgery.” This procedure smooths and reshapes the bone to create a shallow pocket that makes it less possible for the most aggressive bacteria to survive. Certain people have ongoing problems with gum disease and will require this surgical technique when other strategies have not fully resolved the situation.
How Does Osseous Surgery Work?
This surgery requires local anesthetic. Our dentist will carefully create an incision in the gum tissue next to the troublesome area, lifting the gum away from that tooth and the underlying jaw bone. The area is then fully cleaned. Once cleaned, any uneven areas of the bone that are the result of bacteria are smoothed. Once the roots are cleaned and the bone areas reshaped, gum tissue is then stitched back into place to heal. Your treatment plan will include all the information you need for post-treatment care, and we carefully walk you through what you need to do so the treatment is effective and the healing process fast.
Why Do I Need Osseous Surgery?
Osseous surgery is an effective treatment for various dental and oral health problems, including:
- Reduce the spread of bacteria
- Bone loss prevention
- Smile enhancement
- Making home mouth care easier
If you are facing a serious dental problem, you want to know that the most advanced treatments are available to protect your teeth and gums. At our practice, we may advise this surgery for certain patients to help them avoid losing teeth in the future, and ward off ongoing periodontal disease problems.
What Are Periodontal Pockets?
Periodontal pockets are the result of the loss of supporting tissue and bone around the teeth. These pockets, over time, are deeper and deeper, allowing bacteria to attack the teeth below the gum. If you have serious periodontal pockets, the tooth structure is at risk. Osseous surgery makes it possible to correct and smooth defects and irregularities in the tooth structure, and to effectively resolve these pockets if other treatments have not been effective.
How Long Does Osseous Surgery Take?
In most cases, the surgery itself takes only about one hour, including the period for the area to be numbed with anesthetic. Although this treatment may be the last one chosen to treat serious cases of periodontal disease, at our practice we do everything we can to make any of our treatments comfortable and pain-free. Bacteria tends to collect and grow in uneven areas, and this process smooths and cleans these areas so the gum can be reattached more successfully and made less attractive for bacteria to collect, as well as making treatments easier to perform.
All You Need in Dental Care – Under One Roof
If you have been advised that you need osseous surgery, we can evaluate your situation and give you a second opinion, or perform the surgery in our state-of-the-art dental clinic. Not only do we use the most advanced surgical procedures, but we are committed to providing top quality dental care at affordable prices. Call us for more information about osseous surgery or other dental treatments.