What is osseous surgery?Osseous surgery is a dental procedure that is used to treat a tooth that is surrounded by a pocket of diseased gum tissue that does not respond to other treatments. The surgery is done as a final attempt to save the affected tooth (or teeth) and create an environment that is more conducive to oral health and good oral hygiene. The area should be easier to clean and maintain after the surgery, which should help prevent infection from forming or spreading to other areas of your mouth.
During osseous surgery, the affected tooth is reshaped and smoothed. A shallow pocket is then created around the tooth that should make it harder for aggressive bacteria to grow and survive. The surgery will also thoroughly clean the surface of the roots of your teeth, which should help promote healing while also serving to create an environment less amenable to the growth and proliferation of bacteria.
How do I know if I need osseous surgery?Osseous surgery is characterized by a pocket around a tooth that is filled with bacteria and diseased gum tissue. It might also be inflamed, red, swollen, and it might bleed easily. The pocket should measure at least 4mm deep or more. When you have these symptoms and the affected area does not respond to other treatment, then it might be time to consider osseous surgery. This is a usually a final effort on the part of your oral surgeon or dentist to save the tooth in question and help the area heal. We will help you decide when it is time to try osseous surgery.
Is the surgery painful?As with any surgical procedure, osseous surgery requires some aftercare, and it is common to experience some soreness and pain. Stitches will be placed during the surgery that will either dissolve on their own, or will need to be removed between six and ten days after the surgery. Regardless of whether or not you have to come in to remove the stitches, we’ll need to see you around a month after the surgery in order to inspect the area and ensure that it has healed correctly and is on the mend.
If you are in need of dental aid, contact us at (210) 598-8933 right away. Our specialists are experienced and understand how to help. We can move quickly to get you treated and on the way to feeling better.