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What You Need to Know About Osseous Surgery

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When left undiagnosed and untreated, gum disease can escalate and cause serious damage to your mouth. Caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar in your gum pockets, periodontitis will not go away on its own and cannot be resolved by regular brushing and flossing. When you have aching, sensitive, and bleeding gums, it’s important you reach out to an oral surgeon or other dental professional immediately. 

When your periodontitis has escalated past the point of regular treatments, your dentist may recommend osseous surgery. A surgical procedure performed on your gums to remove the excess amounts of hardened plaque, osseous surgery is a good way to prevent future buildup and help your mouth get back on track to a healthy future. The professionals at Union City Oral Surgery Group can help you treat your periodontitis and get you the help you need. 

How the Osseous Surgical Procedure Works

Gingivitis is an early-stage version of gum disease. It is defined by small amounts of buildup in the gum pockets. This can be easily treated with professional cleaning and scaling and planing, which is the removal of plaque from under and around the gums. When plaque sits undisturbed by a regular maintenance routine, it hardens and turns into tartar, which is more difficult to remove. The more tartar that builds in your gum pockets, the harder it is to locate and fully clean. The osseous procedure is meant to target late-stage gum disease for people who have extreme levels of buildup. 

The procedures begin with the use of a local anesthetic to numb the area. Your surgeon will then create a small incision in the gums to begin removing and cleaning the buildup. After the bacteria has been removed, your surgeon will flatten down and smooth over the affected area and bone to prevent future buildup and help restore the natural look and function of your teeth. 

The Benefits of Osseous Surgery

The benefits of a successful procedure include:

  • Restoration of natural function of teeth
  • Alleviation of pain and discomfort caused by swollen gums
  • Stimulation and promotion of healthy gum growth
  • Ability to receive dental implants
  • Allows for bone regrowth and healing

It’s important to note that osseous surgery does not cure periodontitis, but instead is focused on the removal of the buildup. After the surgery, your oral surgeon will devise a plan of action to directly treat your gum disease, likely including multiple deep cleanings, root canals, gum contouring, bone grafting, and even tooth extractions and implants. The specifics of your needs will be discussed during an initial examination. 

The surgery is not painful and will alleviate more pain than it causes. You may experience slight discomfort for a few days after the procedure, as well as a slight increase in sensitivity to your teeth due to the loss of gum tissue. However, if the sensitivity lasts for many days and you are experiencing intense pain, it’s imperative to call your surgeon immediately. 

Learn More Today By Consulting a Dedicated Oral Surgeon

Union City Oral Surgery Group has a team of knowledgeable oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have devoted their careers to the oral health of our community. We prioritize your smile and overall well-being and it shows in our results. Our patient-first approach to the world of oral surgery means you get a qualified dental professional by your side every step of the way, from the first consultation onwards. 

Speak to a dedicated oral surgeon about our minimally-invasive surgical techniques and state-of-the-art facility today by calling (201) 601-9262 or using a contact form.