Osseous surgery is a type of periodontal procedure where the damaged bone around the tooth is removed or recontoured. Osseous surgery may become necessary if gum disease advances so far that it causes damage to the bones. Gum disease is often preventable and is usually always treatable. If caught and treated early enough, gum disease can be reversed. Left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your mouth leaving you at risk for tooth loss and bone damage. Osseous surgery removes bacteria and damage creating a healthy area for gums to reattach to the bone.
Osseous surgery is also known as flap surgery because the procedure involves a very small flap in your gums being created by incision. This flap in the gums will create an opening to expose the roots of the teeth and surrounding bone. The bone can be cleaned of any bacteria. The bone may be contoured back to a smooth shape, if the gum disease has left it ragged. Depending on the damage to the area, bone grafting to restore the bones may need to be done. After the area has been repaired, the gum tissue will be sutured back together closing the flap. Local anesthesia is often enough, but sedation can be provided if needed.
The procedure preserves the tissues and bones supporting teeth. By preserving the surrounding area, the teeth themselves are in less danger and risk of removal or falling out from the advanced gum disease. The procedure can provide some relief from any discomfort or pain caused by the damage to the bones. Flap surgery can make the area easier to clean, which can prevent future complications. Osseous surgery can stop periodontitis (advanced gum disease) from advancing any further and causing more damage.
Osseous surgery can treat advanced gum disease
Dr. Vahadi can discuss osseous surgery or other gum disease treatments with you. Schedule a consultation at Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, TX office at 972-335-7100.