Our teeth are supported by gum tissue which helps them stay firmly in place. When this tissue becomes infected, the teeth become vulnerable to losing their stability. There are multiple steps we can take to help your tissue heal depending on the severity of the disease. If less stringent treatments are not yielding results, osseous surgery is an option that can reduce the size of your gum pockets, helping the healing process be more successful. Our staff at Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants can help you have a healthier mouth.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common dental disorder that can be highly destructive if ignored. Our gum tissue, also known as periodontal tissue, plays a very important role in our oral health. When it becomes infected, the periodontal tissue has no way to fight the bacteria so it reacts by pulling away. This pull back can be measured in the size and depth of our gum pockets. During your professional dental cleaning, our hygienist measures your gum pockets. Healthy gum pocket tissue will not exceed 3 mm in size. Measurements greater than 3mm is an indication of gum disease. We will then discuss various periodontal care treatments beginning with scaling and root planing, sometimes called a deep cleaning. If we do not see positive results at your periodontal maintenance checkup, we may recommend osseous surgery.
What is Osseous Surgery?
Osseous surgery is the next step when a deep cleaning has failed to get results, it can be thought of as an even deeper cleaning. We need to get in deeper to remove the bacteria that is causing the periodontal gum tissue to remain infected. Ideally, Dr. Bembey will eliminate infection, remove decay, and prevent potential future damage that would occur if left untreated.
Once we have helped you get comfortable with a local anesthetic and possibly a conscious sedative, treatment can begin. Osseous surgery generally includes:
Sometimes a simple bone graft is necessary. It’s a relatively easy process. Bone grafts can be placed using synthetic, bovine, or human bone particles to help you. The bone has a powder-like consistency that is mixed with antibiotics. We add Human Growth Factors to the bone grafts to stimulate a robust regenerative response. We apply this grafting mixture to the exposed alveolar bone, and suture the gum tissue closed. Bone grafts facilitate new growth and regeneration of your tissue. This is beneficial to your oral health and the look of your smile.
Post Osseous Surgery Treatment
Dr. Bembey will provide you with post-operative instructions that are specific to you that you will need to make sure to read thoroughly and follow closely.
If you are recovering from periodontal surgery, you will typically be asked to do the following:
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Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants
Dr. Bembey and Dr. Yokoyama
477 North El Camino Real #C-306
Encinitas, CA 92024
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