Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is a common, but serious oral health problem which destroys important bone and gum tissue needed to support healthy teeth. Once bacteria spreads under the gum tissue, it can more readily destroy bone and tissue which may lead to teeth needing to be extracted. Osseous surgery can treat moderate to severe periodontal disease by reducing pockets and controlling the spread of bacteria.
Osseous Surgery Procedure
During the treatment, the gum tissue is first folded back. The infected tissue is then treated to remove harmful bacteria and prevent it from spreading. Infected tissue may be trimmed in areas with extensive damage. Any damage to the bone may be treated at this time as well. Smoothing the bone helps to eliminate troublesome areas where bacteria can hide and grow. This helps keep the infection from persisting and strengthens the health of the bone. The better shape the bone is in, the easier it will be for the gum tissue to attach, strengthening the odds of successful treatment. Finally, the gum tissue is then put back into place.
Osseous surgery is conducted in our office where a local anesthetic is often employed by a trained specialist to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
How long does it take to recover?
Recovery takes a relatively short time with most patients able to return to their normal activities within 24 hours following surgery.
When is osseous surgery needed?
This treatment is typically reserved for extreme or advanced cases of gum disease. For milder cases, other treatments may be used to eliminate infection. Dr. Akef and his team carefully evaluate each patient’s needs to determine whether the case calls for surgical measures or whether an alternative method provides a better solution.
If you notice pain or bleeding of the gums, you may be in the beginning stages of periodontal disease. Both mild and more severe cases should be treated by a dental specialist to prevent spread of the infection to other parts of the mouth or body. If you are in need of diagnosis or treatment of gum disease, please give us a call to learn how we can help get you back to your optimal oral health.