Osseous surgery is the preferred treatment for those with advanced gum disease. Often a necessary step for reversing serious gum problems and ensuring complete healing, it’s the best options when periodontal disease cannot be cured with antibiotics, root planning or root scaling, Osseous surgery is the removal and reshaping of gum tissue and jaw bone that has been affected by gum disease.
A routine procedure, osseous surgery involves the folding back of gum tissue to remove disease-causing bacteria, trimming infected gums and removing bacterial deposits. . Once Dr. Turner has thoroughly cleaned the area, he secures the tissue back into place. In some cases, the underlying bone has been damaged. When this happens, Dr. Turner smooths the irregular surface to prevent bacteria from hiding in small crevices and to allow the gum tissue to effectively reattach to healthy bone. Upon completion of the bone resurfacing or bone grafting, the gum flap is restored to its original position and stitched in place.
Will I need bone grafting?
Occasionally, a bone graft is required to replace and regenerate some of the bone that has been lost due to advanced periodontal disease. Today’s advanced technology allows us to use xenografts, donated bone from a cadaver source, which are as successful as a patient’s own bone. Over time, the new bone is resorbed and replaced with your own native bone. This treatment does not require a second procedure but can be done during the osseous surgery.
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Is osseous surgery painful?
No. In fact, osseous surgery is such a simple procedure that you will remain awake. We will ensure you are comfortable by numbing the area with a local anesthesia. You will not feel a thing.
How long does osseous surgery take?
The length of the procedure depends on the amount of gum tissue has been affected by disease. In other words, the more pervasive your periodontal disease, the longer the surgery will take. A typical surgery lasts about an hour.
Dr. Turner will discuss aftercare instructions with you and, if necessary, prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. If you experience some swelling after the surgery, we recommend you apply an ice pack to relieve any discomfort. We will meet with you a week or two after the procedure to ensure your mouth is healing properly.
The cost for osseous surgery depends on the complexities of your case. We know that every patient is different, and that’s why we have a consultation with you prior to the procedure. We present all costs up front and are happy to help you decipher your insurance benefits. We offer a variety of financing options to ensure our patients get the care they need.
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