Osseous surgery, or bone surgery, is a procedure that involves reshaping the bone that holds one or more teeth in place, as well as removing or reshaping deformities and irregularities under the gum. By performing osseous surgery, Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis can look at the root of the affected tooth and clean the decayed area affected by periodontal (gum) disease.
It is common for patients suffering from periodontitis to experience defects such as holes in the bone around their teeth. Osseous surgery, also known as gingivectomy or flap surgery, removes those defects. This procedure can be recommended by Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis not because periodontal disease is present, but because most of the damage that has occurred is located in the underlying bone.
Depending on your unique situation and the extent of the defects, the bone in question is removed during the procedure, and the rest is reshaped. Once the bones are back to their original state, Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis will stitch the gums back into place. We want to assure you that osseous surgery is a routine procedure, and one with a high success rate.
Typically used to treat advanced periodontal diseases such as periodontitis, osseous surgery is recommended for those patients whose periodontal pockets have not responded to more conservative methods of therapy such as regular cleanings and deep scaling and root planing.
After your procedure, Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis will monitor you closely, and will examine you often during the next few months. The procedure you undergo will depend entirely on your condition. Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis will be happy to meet with you and discuss whether or not you are a candidate for osseous surgery. To learn more about this procedure, or to schedule your appointment at Peninsula Periodontal Associates, please give us a call today!