Osseous surgery, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, refers to a number of different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria.
Osseous surgery is used to reshape deformities and remove pockets in the alveolar bone surrounding the teeth. It is a common necessity in effective treatment of more advanced periodontal diseases. The ultimate goal of osseous surgery is to reduce or eliminate the periodontal pockets that cause periodontal disease. Despite the word “surgery” the procedure is reported to feel more like a thorough cleaning.
The specific goals of osseous surgery include:
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery. First, Dr. Erik Low or Dr. Howard Low will cut around each tooth of the affected area to release the gum tissue from the bone. This allows access to the bone and roots of the teeth. After the roots have been thoroughly cleaned through scaling, a drill and hand tools will be used to reshape the bone around the teeth. Bone is removed in some areas to restore the normal rise and fall of the bone, but at a lower level. Bone grafting may also be necessary to fill in large defects.
Next, the gums will be placed back over the remaining bone and suture them in place. The site will also be covered with a bandage (periodontal pack) or dressing. Pain medicine and mouth rinses containing chlorhexidine are generally prescribed following the surgery.
Do not be alarmed if bleeding and swelling occur after the surgery. This can be controlled easily by placing an ice pack on the outside of the affected area. In cases where the bleeding and swelling is in excess, it is advised that you call to notify our office. Several follow up visits may be necessary and you must fulfill a meticulous maintenance program especially during the initial phases of healing to avoid post-operative infection.
The first stage of gum disease may not show obvious signs, but if you have advanced periodontal disease, you know the symptoms all too well. Swollen, bleeding gums that have receded. Deep pockets between teeth, which also be loose or have fallen out. Severe and chronic bad breath. If you’re living with this stage of gum disease, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with our periodontist for pocket reduction surgery or osseous surgery in our Sunnyvale office. Treating gum disease at this stage requires surgical intervention to preserve the health of your gums and teeth. Our periodontist is a gum specialist, with focused training in diagnosing and treating all stages of gum disease. Additionally, we have the expertise to replace any bone and teeth lost from advanced gum disease. With precision and skill, our team at can treat your symptoms and restore your health and quality of life.
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