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. It is a periodontal surgery that Dr. Cain recommends to his patients that suffer from gum disease.
What is Periodontitis?
The gum tissue and bone should fit snugly around the teeth in a normal, healthy mouth. 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 early-stage gum disease and is 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. The tissue around your teeth begins to deteriorate, causing pockets to form. Without immediate attention, the pockets 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.
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, promote healing, and prevent further damage.
This is a patient’s 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 intensive dental cleaning reduces the size of the periodontal pockets and remove bacteria from the gums. Dr. Cain will use special tools to scrape away plaque and tartar buildup and remove bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms.
What are the benefits of Osseous Surgery?
- Reduces the spread of bacteria
- Stops the progression of bone loss
- Healthier mouth and smile
- Saved from a possible tooth extraction
- Gums won’t bleed and will become healthier
We perform osseous surgery under local anesthetic so that you will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Dr. Cain will carefully open the gum tissue and push it away from the teeth so that he can properly remove the excess buildup of plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth.
Dr. Cane softly reshapes and molds the bone to create a smoother base. Reshaping the bone helps heal the affected teeth and eliminates areas where bacteria can prosper. It also helps your gum tissue reattach to healthy bone more effectively. Once the bone is reshaped, the gums are carefully stitched. In some cases, the bone can be regenerated using bone grafting or Oral Tissue Regeneration.
After your surgery, you may experience some pain and swelling. We recommend applying an ice pack to the outside of your face to help with discomfort. Dr. Cain will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure everything is healing properly.
We may remove if they don’t dissolve independently. Dr. Cain may suggest a professional cleaning to keep the site clean and bacteria-free.