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Why Is Osseous Surgery Needed to Treat Periodontitis?

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Good oral health practices and maintenance, including daily brushing and flossing, are not only to keep your mouth white and minty fresh. The act of brushing and flossing helps disrupt the buildup of plaque, which is a bacteria that naturally forms over your teeth like a film. When left alone, plaque will begin to spread and continue to build up, hardening into tartar and burying its way into the pockets of your gum, causing gum disease. 

Periodontitis is a late-stage form of gum disease that can cause gum recession, lost teeth, and infections. When gum disease has been allowed to progress this far, your oral surgeon may recommend osseous surgery. It’s important you get in contact with a dental professional from Union City Oral Surgery Group as soon as possible to begin the healing process for your periodontitis immediately. 

What Is Osseous Surgery? 

Osseous surgery is a dental surgical procedure that removes the infected areas of your gum pockets. This surgery is preserved for evolved gum disease, like periodontitis, and is usually not used to treat milder forms of the disease. 

For example, those with mild forms of gingivectomy can usually be effectively treated with scaling and rooting, along with a professional deep cleaning. To better understand osseous surgery and why it’s needed to treat periodontitis, the team at Union City Oral Surgery Group has broken down the following aspects:

The Procedure

Osseous surgery is usually performed under a local anesthetic by a qualified oral surgeon. They will start by pulling back the gums and locating the buildup of tartar. After removing the buildup, the surrounding tooth will be smoothed out, making it easier to locate any hidden bacteria or buildup. When your gum pockets become too deep, it is hard to locate all of the bacteria and provide a full cleaning. The osseous surgery smooths out the area and makes further treatment easier and further buildup preventable. 

Periodontitis can cause long-lasting effects if not treated properly, and osseous surgery is often done in conjunction with other procedures to give your mouth the best possible shot at a full recovery. The recovery time normally only lasts a few days and is fairly painless. You may feel some general discomfort in the affected areas, though the results of the surgery should alleviate more pain than it causes. 

The Benefits

Getting rid of the infected gum tissue gives your mouth the chance it needs to heal and recover from your periodontitis. Infected gums can cause loose and wobbly teeth, as well as weakened jawbones. When you treat the direct cause of the side effects, you are able to begin the healing journey for other parts of your mouth as well. 

Osseous surgery allows you to keep as much of your natural teeth as possible, helps to restore full functionality, and works to remove any discomfort you were experiencing as a result of your periodontitis. After the procedure and any other necessary steps, you will need to maintain a rigid cleaning ritual, including daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning. 

See If You Are a Good Candidate for Osseous Surgery Today

Don’t let your periodontitis take your right to a confident smile away. At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we are proud to offer cost-effective and quality oral surgical services, including those necessary to fully alleviate your gum disease. Your health and happiness are our main priority, and we will do everything in our power to offer a painless and quick healing experience. 

To see if you are a good candidate for osseous surgery today, please give our office a call at (908) 663-5309 or schedule a time to speak with a real oral surgeon through our contact form.