What is Osseous Surgery?
Osseous surgery is designed to restore your gums to a healthier state.
Why Would I Need Osseous Surgery?
This surgery is for patients with deep pockets in their gum tissue. Those pockets become too hard to clean on your own– or even during a professional cleaning. The pockets provide a large space for bacteria to live, and can contribute to bone loss. We can close those pockets to avoid the worsening gum disease.
Benefits of Osseous Surgery
- Avoid Tooth Loss – Osseous surgery can help avoid tooth loss. In general, it is best (and more cost-effective) to keep your natural teeth, and not extract them due to decay.
- Treat Periodontal Disease – This surgery is effective in treating gum disease, because we remove the bacteria that is at the root of the problem.
- Outpatient Surgery – In most cases, osseous surgery can be performed in-office, without the need for hospital stay. You can be out-and-about the same day, and continue to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest region.
How Does the Surgery Work?
- We fold back your gum tissue. This allows us to remove the damaging bacteria that collects there.
- We will smooth out the area of any damaged bones. This helps prevent bacteria from collecting there again.
- We reattach the gum, so that it hugs the tooth without the pockets.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
- Swelling – It is common to experience some swelling after surgery. Apply a cold compress over the treated area to help bring down any swelling.
- Antibiotics – Sometimes, we may prescribe antibiotics. Please make sure you take the complete round of antibiotics–even after you feel better– so that the antibiotics work properly.
- Post-Op Instructions – We will send you home with aftercare instructions. Please follow them carefully to allow your smile to heal.
- Check-Up – About two weeks after surgery, we may help you schedule a follow-up visit, to make sure you are healing properly.
A Simple Surgery with Great Benefits!
At Dental Specialties Northwest, every procedure is thoroughly planned and executed with your best interest in mind. We make it a priority to keep you informed every step of the way. Want to know more about osseous surgery? Call 206-682-8200 today!