The Lowdown on Osseous Surgery
- Posted on: Aug 15 2018
Although gum disease is one of the most common oral conditions, if it is left untreated, it can be harder and harder to treat. If your gum disease is in the early stages, we may be able to manage it with a thorough dental cleaning. This will help get rid of tartar and plaque along the gumline. If, however, your gum disease is in the more advanced stages, then we may recommend a surgical procedure called osseous surgery. So, what is osseous surgery, how long does it take, and what do you need to know about it? Let’s delve a little deeper by answering a few fundamental questions about osseous surgery.
What Is Osseous Surgery?
The best way to think of osseous surgery is like a really, really deep cleaning. Once your gums are numb, your periodontist will reshape the bone and get rid of periodontal pockets. Then, after everything has been cleaned and taken care of, your gums will usually be stitched up.
How Long Does it Take?
Your time is worth some serious money which means time away from work or family, is tough to swallow. Luckily, osseous surgery only takes about 60-90 minutes on average and depending on how severe everything is. Plus, we may recommend that you take the rest of the afternoon off to heal. Depending on how you’re feeling, you should be able to go right back to work the next day.
When Is Osseous Surgery Required?
Typically, osseous surgery is the last option that we use to help treat periodontal or gum disease. When your gums haven’t responded well to other treatments like root scaling or planing, that’s when we usually recommend osseous surgery.
After your osseous surgery, we will send you home with detailed instructions on how to speed up your recovery. Just like with wisdom teeth removal, we encourage our patients to avoid using a straw, and to not smoke or spit for about five days after surgery or until your mouth has healed.
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