Pocket CORRECTION Therapy (Osseous Surgery)
Used when periodontal disease has advanced to the point where supportive tissue has been destroyed. This surgical treatment is used for advanced infections and for pockets too deep to reach by scaling and root planing (tissue and root therapy) alone.
These procedures reshape or actually restore lost bone and ligaments, increasing the chance of saving teeth that otherwise would have been lost. Sometimes, more than one type of procedure is performed on the same tooth. These techniques require the use of a mininimally invasive incision to gain access to diseased tissue.
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Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and to maintain a healthy smile.
Goals of Osseous Surgery
- Reducing Bacterial Spread:
Bacteria from the mouth can spread throughout the body and cause other life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and respiratory disease. Removing deep tartar and thereby bacteria can help reduce the risk of bacteria spreading.
- Preventing Bone Loss:
The immune system’s inflammatory response prompted by periodontal bacteria can lead to bone loss in the jaw region, and cause teeth to fall out. Osseous surgery seeks to stop periodontal disease before it progresses to this level.
- Enhancing your Smile:
Mouths plagued with periodontal disease are often unsightly. Brown gums, rotting teeth, and ridge indentations can leave a person feeling depressed and too self-conscious to smile. Fortunately, osseous surgery can help reduce bacteria and disease and thereby restore your mouth to its former radiance, while restoring confidence at the same time.
- Facilitating Home Care:
As the gum pocket deepens, it can become nearly impossible to brush and floss adequately. Osseous surgery reduces pocket size, making it easier to brush and floss, and thereby prevent further periodontal disease.
How is this performed?
- A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery.
- The gum is gently separated from the tooth, creating a “flap” and access to the infected pocket.
- Deep deposits of plaque and tartar are then be removed.
The gums will be placed back over the remaining bone and suture them in place.
Pain medicine and mouth rinses containing chlorhexidine are generally prescribed following the surgery.
- The pocket is reduced which limits the areas where bacteria can grow.
- The gumline often must be lowered. This exposes more of the tooth.