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Osseous Surgery


According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is usually reversible with nonsurgical treatment like scaling and root planing. If the disease has progressed to the point of significant bone loss, osseous surgery may be necessary. At Prosthodontic Dental Group, we perform osseous surgery to help save a tooth from extraction. Our team of specialists has the background and expertise to save your tooth and improve your periodontal health.

Periodontal Disease


Periodontal disease is a sneaky condition with subtle warning signs. When plaque accumulates below the gum line, acidic toxins begin to irritate the soft tissue. Inflammation, redness, and bleeding while flossing are all primary signs of gum disease. During this early phase (gingivitis), any damage can easily be reversed through proper oral hygiene.

As the disease progresses, tartar accumulation will cause your gums to recede or pull away from the teeth. Deep periodontal pockets will form, and collect food and bacteria. If caught early enough, scaling and root planing can be used to remove tartar and bacteria from under your gums. If your pockets are too deep, osseous surgery may be the only way to keep you from losing a tooth.

What is osseous surgery?


The goal of osseous surgery is to eliminate bacteria, deep periodontal pockets, and damaged bone so that your gum tissue can reattach to a healthy tooth. This type of surgery is performed under the use of local anesthetic to eliminate pain and discomfort. For patients with severe anxiety or sensitivity issues, we offer other forms of sedation.

During the surgery, your specialist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the root of the tooth. The tissue is flipped back so deposits of plaque and tartar can be scraped off the surface of the root and bone. We smooth out and recontour any rough and jagged bone to prevent regrowth of bacteria and plaque. If substantial bone loss has occurred, we may also perform a bone graft or guided tissue regeneration. Once the procedure is complete, the tissue will be sutured back into place. Osseous surgery should reestablish a strong bond between your teeth and gum tissue. The length of the surgery depends on the number of teeth involved and the location of the infection.

After Osseous Surgery


After the surgery, the area will be covered with gauze to absorb the bleeding. You will be given post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing. You will need to rinse your mouth with warm salt water to avoid infection and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. Every patient is different, but swelling and pain should diminish within a couple of days. You may want to use over-the-counter medications to reduce pain.

Our team may recommend more frequent office visits after surgery to monitor your progress. Patients who have had gum disease need to take special precautions to avoid a resurgence. Maintain proper oral hygiene, and schedule professional cleanings to minimize your chances of a second turn with gum disease.

Schedule an Appointment


If would like to improve your periodontal health, call (916) 264-9655, and schedule an appointment today!
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