Osseous surgery is a procedure that is used to remove damaged bone that surrounds a tooth. It can also be used to recontour the bone surrounding a tooth as well. There are a few reasons this procedure may be used, but the primary reason is to treat severe cases of periodontal disease. It removes the bacteria deposits and eliminates damaged bone so the body can create new bone tissue to aid in repairing the jaw.
Osseous Surgery and Periodontal Disease
The chances of successfully treating periodontal disease increase the earlier it is caught. When it is caught in its earliest form, osseous surgery is more effective and provides a better outcome.
Osseous surgery is an effective treatment and helps to ensure that you are able to keep your teeth, as long as they have not been damaged too severely.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is one of the worst forms of gum diseases. Bacteria build up around the gums and form pockets of bacteria around the teeth. In some cases, root planing is an effective treatment option, but only if the condition is caught early. If the condition has advanced beyond the benefits of root planing, you may need to have a procedure done called osseous surgery.
What is Osseous Surgery?
Osseous surgery may sound like an intimidating concept at first. However, in cases where the condition is considered severe, osseous surgery may be the only chance you have of saving your teeth. That fact alone is enough to make you rethink whether it is a good idea.
The Purpose of Osseous Surgery
The purpose of osseous surgery is to remove the pockets of bacteria that have developed under the gum line. The bone is then smoothed so that damaged so that the gums may reattach themselves completely as they heal from the infection they were filled with.
After Osseous Surgery
After undergoing osseous surgery, you should expect some bleeding. However, the bleeding is not as bad as it appears. Blood mixes with saliva, which makes it look a lot worse. It is also expected some swelling around your gums, which may cause discomfort. Rinse your mouth gently and frequently with salt water. Use ice packs to reduce swelling and take over the counter pain medication to help relieve discomfort.
Most patients report being able to eat a normal diet after the first two days following the procedure. You will have a follow-up appointment to ensure that everything is healing right and that the infection is clearing up as planned.
Your Gums Heal Quickly
Many people fear a long recovery time after they have had oral surgery. They are very surprised to find that their gums heal rather quickly after a dental procedure. The tissues in your mouth are very resilient if they are treated properly. If there is infection present, they will heal very slowly. By allowing your dentist to clear away the infection, you are doing yourself, and your mouth a favor, and you could be saving your teeth.