Osseous surgery is performed when periodontitis is not corrected with traditional treatments, such as deep scaling and root planing.
Osseous surgery is performed when periodontitis is not corrected with traditional treatments, such as deep scaling and root planing. Osseous surgery involves the recontouring or the removing of damaged bone around a tooth or teeth to reduce the sagging pockets, eliminate bacteria, and to finally smooth the bone that has been damaged. By performing osseous surgery it allows the healthy gum tissue to reattach to the bone, which will then prevent additional damage from occurring and finally stop the decaying process.
Periodontitis is a common inflammatory condition of the gums and bone support surrounding the teeth. In fact, over 75% of American adults have had some level of gum disease. When left untreated, periodontitis can quickly escalate and cause a number of issues to develop, such as swelling and bleeding gums, or cause the gums to recede. Failing to treat gum disease, or periodontitis, for an extended period will eventually result in the decay and deterioration of your jawbone, and result in teeth falling out.
Implant Dentistry and Periodontics understands the positive impact osseous surgery can have in treating periodontitis and to protect your oral health. We provide an extensive exam of your soft tissues at every single checkup. We offer an expansive range of important periodontal and dental implant services to help every patient. Our caring and conscientious staff work together on a team goal of providing you with the best quality service for your overall oral health. Our team addresses all dental procedures in a calm, relaxing environment, and we approach your dental care as an important partner on your health care team. If you have questions about the benefits of osseous surgery or if you are dealing with lingering gum disease, call our Indianapolis office at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office at 317-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today.
The Pros and Cons of Considering Osseous Surgery
As with all medical procedures, there are both pros and cons to having osseous surgery. Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will determine and discuss the best treatment option for you depending upon your specific circumstances. One of the most common drawbacks you may have after osseous surgery is that your teeth appear to be longer. Osseous surgery will slightly alter the appearance of your smile, but your gums will be returned to their natural, healthier state.
The Pros of Osseous Surgery:
- Your healthy gum tissue is preserved.
- It is the most powerful solution for treating advanced periodontal disease.
- The pocket depths are reduced, which decreases the potential of bacteria and plaque developing.
- It significantly reduces the likelihood of gum disease developing in your future, provided you exercise good oral self-care habits and keep your teeth and gums clean.
- You can brush areas that were inaccessible before.
- You will have fresher breath.
- Your gums will stop bleeding.
A Few Cons of Osseous Surgery:
- Your teeth might appear longer.
- There might be an increased likelihood of tooth sensitivity.
- Longer and more extensive recovery compared to laser therapy.
- We may not be able to address certain pockets that can only be treated with laser therapy.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.
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The Osseous Surgery Procedure
Prior to the procedure starting, Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will administer a local anesthetic. Once you are adequately numbed, a small incision will be made in your gum and it will be pulled back to give us access to the root of the tooth and surrounding bone. Once these are accessible, we will scrape off the damaging deposits that have formed on the root surface and then recontour and trim the bone. For more advanced cases of periodontitis, we may find it necessary to apply a bone graft or guided tissue regeneration during this time. Once this is completed, we will reattach the gum tissue and the healing process can begin.
Your Osseous Surgery Aftercare
Following your osseous surgery, it is important to follow our post-operative instructions. If we prescribe medication or antibiotics, follow the dosage instructions to completion. If we did not prescribe a pain medication but you experience discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever can usually help manage the pain. Some swelling is also common, but this can typically be managed with the use of ice packs. If you follow these simple instructions, your recovery process will be quick, although we will likely schedule a follow-up appointment within a week to ensure everything looks right.
Once you have completed your recovery process, it will not be necessary to follow any further special aftercare instructions, but it is important to grasp why the procedure was needed in the first place. You must continue practicing good daily oral hygiene practices. The health industry strongly advises that we all need to brush and floss twice daily, and to compliment your efforts with regular visits to Implant Dentistry and Periodontics to ensure that your teeth receive regular professional cleanings, which will reduce your risk of any further development of gingivitis or periodontitis. It might be necessary to schedule these preventative visits with more frequency until you have fully corrected your periodontitis. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy your healthy smile for many years to come.
Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care
When you schedule an evaluation for possible osseous surgery with our thorough staff at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be pleasantly inspired by the high degree of our professionalism and that we are a team who has the most advanced dental technology at our disposal in our clinic. We are conscientious because we understand how different and unique each of us really are. We are detail orientated in developing your personalized treatments, to ensure success that works for your desires and budget. Our entire staff focuses on bringing the value back into your personal asset, your healthy smile, so every procedure we perform for you is with your best interests and oral health in mind.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, our clinic has a relaxing atmosphere, and we want you to be confident with our abilities and services. Scheduling an appointment for a potential osseous surgery exam is a beneficial first step towards being proactive in your oral health and regaining your healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call our Indianapolis office, 8801 North Meridian St., Suite 103, Indianapolis, at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Suite 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.