While one of our major goals is to stop advanced periodontal/gum disease before it starts, we can still do something to solve the problem if you’re suffering from periodontitis. Periodontal disease affects a large number of Americans each year. In fact, adults older than 35 will lose more teeth to gum diseases than to cavities, and three out of four adults will be affected at some point in their lives. That said, it’s still a major problem that we need to take care of in order to stop the advance of the disease.
We offer a procedure called osseous, or periodontal, surgery to treat advanced gum disease. Also known as a flap procedure, the treatment reshapes the bone that holds one or more teeth in place in order to get rid of the defects caused by periodontal disease. The treatment is composed of a few major steps:
1. Before the procedure, we’ll perform scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and bacteria underneath the gums and around the roots.
2. We numb the treatment area with local anesthetic.
3. Dr. Niakiani will then pull back a piece of your gums to repair bone damage and thoroughly clean the roots of your teeth. During this step, we’ll smooth and reshape the bone so that plaque can’t grow as well and we may even perform a bone graft to repair bone with advanced disease.
4. Dr. Niakiani will then replace your gum and stitch it back into place. Finally, we’ll dress the wound in gauze to limit future bleeding.
After the treatment, our patients usually recover within a few days. Many patients are prescribed painkillers and, depending on the case, we may recommend the following options:
– Rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day in order to reduce swelling.
– Eat soft foods like yogurt and soup.
– Apply an ice pack to the treatment area.
– Refrain from using a straw or participating in strenuous physical activities.
Even though gum disease is a major problem that must be treated, osseous surgery is a fantastic option for helping patients renew the health of their gums order to restore a beautiful smile. The procedure can, in fact, save teeth that are supported by decaying bones, but only if patients work hard to practice excellent dental hygiene following the procedure. In order to prevent future gum disease, it’s essential for patients to quit smoking or using chewing tobacco.
If you have any lingering questions about periodontal disease or osseous surgery, or if you would like to schedule a dental exam, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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