Osseous SurgeryAn Overview
Knoxville, TN periodontist Dr. Robert Cain specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease. Osseous surgery is an innovative new way to remove infected gum tissue from the mouth. Osseous surgery is usually recommended for patients with progressive periodontitis.
What is Periodontitis?
In a normal, healthy mouth, the gum tissue and bone should fit snugly around the teeth. This is what creates a protective barrier from bacteria. People who do not follow good oral health routines and do not visit their dentist regularly risk developing gum disease. Gingivitis is an early stage gum disease and easy to treat but may require additional at home care to prevent it from returning. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings in our dentist office. If left untreated, gingivitis will develop into periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease and has the potential to cause a lot of damage to your bone, teeth and gums. It occurs when tissue around your teeth begins to deteriorate causing pockets to form. Without immediate attention, the pockets begin to get deeper and deeper, making it a breeding ground for debris and bacteria. Plaque and tartar can form in the periodontal pockets, causing teeth to become loose.
About Osseus Surgery
Reducing the size of the periodontal pockets and eliminating the bacteria is important to preventing and reducing the chances of major damage caused by the progression of gum disease. Osseous surgery may help mend the infected area and promote healing and prevent any further damage. This is a patients best chance at avoiding tooth loss. Osseous surgery is generally performed once all other options for periodontitis treatment have been used.
Before your surgery, Dr. Cain may perform a root planing and scaling procedure. This is an intensive dental cleaning used to reduce the size of the periodontal pockets and remove bacteria from the gums. Using special tools, Dr. Cain will scrape away plaque and tartar build up and removes bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms.