Osseous surgery or pocket depth reduction is a dental surgical procedure intended to restore your gums to a healthier and cleaner state. It involves removing or recontouring of the damaged bone around your tooth.
When Do You Need Osseous surgery?
If your dentist or periodontist advises you to go for an Osseous surgery, don’t be afraid, it is just because you might have pockets or periodontal disease that are very deep and hard to clean at home. Usually, when the bone and gum tissues are tightly fit around your teeth, it protects the teeth creating a shielding cover from bacteria. Forms of pocket around the teeth appear when the supporting tissue and bone is destroyed. Gradually, the pockets become more severe and significant and give the bacteria an easy way to thrive. As these bacteria develop and grow, they start to accumulate and advance deeper under the gum tissue. These deep pockets collect more and more bacteria resulting in bone and tissue loss. To prevent extractions, your dentist may recommend osseous surgery.
Deeper pockets are problematic not only for you but for your dental care professionals to clean. The dentist tries to make them as small as possible. Combination of routine oral hygiene and professional maintenance care increases the chances of periodontal diseases keeping your natural teeth healthy.
What Can Cause Periodontal Diseases?
Plaque, bacterial deposits, tartar build-up on the teeth due to poor oral care, irregular brushing and flossing, or neglecting routine professional cleanings will ultimately lead to periodontal disease and bone loss. Visiting Dr. Mohamed Ali will not only keep you away from periodontal diseases but also take care of your overall health.
Listed below are some causes of periodontal diseases.
- Use of Tobacco – Regular use tobacco is linked to many serious illnesses such as lung cancer, related lung disease, cancer of the mouth, and heart disease. Tobacco users are at higher risk of periodontal disease than non-users.
- Smoking– Cigarette smoking is by far the most significant factor predisposing to implant failure
- Stress – Stress can make it more difficult for your body to fight infections, including periodontal disease
- Diabetes – Patients with uncontrolled diabetes may have more severe periodontal disease. Systemic diseases which are uncontrollable such as osteoporosis, diabetes, immune system deficiency, and others, visiting a periodontist can help you avoid gum disease and other periodontal diseases.
- Heart Diseases – Studies and research have exposed a connection between heart diseases and periodontal disease. The oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood circulation, attaching to fat plaques in the arteries of the heart.
How Is Osseous Surgery Performed?
The procedure or surgery starts with the dentist who will fold back the gum tissue and help remove the disease-causing bacteria securing the lost tissue back into the place. If the underlying bone gets damaged during the process, the irregular surface will be smoothed and cleaned. After the cleaning, the gum tissue re-attaches and gradually shows healthy bone growth. During and after the surgery, you may experience a little swelling. Dentist recommends applying an ice pack to the outside of your face over the treated area to ease any discomfort. In rare cases, depending on the health conditions, some patients are recommended antibiotics which are administered before, during, and after the treatment to prevent any infections. It takes a week or two, after which your periodontist will need to check the surgical area and ensure your mouth is healing well.
Is Osseous Surgery Painful?
Depending on the severity, Osseous surgery generally is not painful. The area is made numb using a local anesthetic. The process is quick and usually takes about 45 mins only to complete in one sitting. It also depends on the type of treatment or procedure. You can listen to music and watch TV while the dentist performs the surgery. Surgery can also be performed under a twilight sleep for maximum comfort if desired.
What Do You Expect After The Osseous Surgery?
Immediately after the surgery, your dentist covers the area that is bleeding with a gauze. At the dental office of Dr. Mohamed Ali, the staff will assist you and give you post-operative instructions, which will include rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater — then applying ice packs to reduce any swelling. If you leave the clinic and your mouth is still bleeding, you are requested to change the gauze pads regularly. Any other minor discomfort can be controlled by taking over-the-counter medications. Within a day or two, you should typically be eating. It would help if you visited your dentist for a check-up on healing and the progress. It would be helpful if you implement a stringent home care routine to prevent osseous surgery, your dentist may recommend you swish with mouthwash to kill germs on contact.
Osseous surgery is significantly effective and efficient. It is a predictable process of achieving the reduction of periodontal diseases and is used to assist specific restorative procedures. The early state of detecting any periodontal disease and attacking it with the right method is the best bet for a good outcome. If the periodontal or gum disease and infection are in an advanced phase, then osseous surgery may be the treatment that would help and keep your mouth and tooth healthier and cleaner.
During the initial visit, Dr. Mohamed Ali will thoroughly examine your mouth for any gum disease or periodontal diseases and will present different options and also advise you on the best option, if need be, he will inform you about the Osseous surgery and its benefits of finishing in one sitting in one appointment visit. The billing experts will check your insurance benefits and offer a complete treatment plan with the financial arrangements. We accept all major dental and medical PPO insurance plans. We also have an in-office Plan for Health for those who don’t have insurance. Additionally, we have partnered with various financial institutions like Care Credit, The Lending Club, and Healthcare Finance Solutions, to make your treatment extremely affordable. We will be happy to answer all your questions. So you have to sit, relax, and get your mouth and gum treated and be assured of complete cure with healthier and cleaner teeth. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 415.391.775