Osseous Surgery

What is Osseous Surgery?

Osseous surgery (or flap surgery) is performed on patients who have moderate or advanced periodontal disease. Typically, flap surgery is performed after scaling and root planing has been attempted but has not been successful in treating existing periodontal disease.

Scaling and Root Planing

Osseous Gum Surgery in Arlington, TX

It has been estimated that 75 percent of the U.S. population has some form of gum or bone disease. If left untreated, bone disease can lead to devastating bone and tooth loss. Once your jaw bone is lost, it does not grow back by itself. Adjacent teeth will start to drift into open spaces, while the active infection can exacerbate existing health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. If you have periodontal disease, it is vital to your overall health to seek bone disease treatment. Arlington Periodontics is a periodontal office providing patients with osseous surgery in Arlington, TX.

Osseous surgery, also known as flap surgery, is a bone disease treatment that is typically utilized when teeth have not responded to other treatment options. The goal of this procedure is to reduce the depths of the periodontal pockets that have formed around your teeth and are harboring a buildup of infectious bacteria. Osseous surgery cleans out and reshapes these areas, providing a healthier environment around the teeth that can be effectively cleaned by and patient on a daily basis, with periodic professional help in order to save the teeth from being lost.

Before the procedure, your doctor at Arlington Periodontics may sedate you, and will numb the area before making access incisions where active infection is present. The gum tissue is pulled back to uncover the area to be treated and the teeth are thoroughly cleaned of tartar and plaque buildup. The bone is reshaped to act as a scaffolding for the soft tissue to lie over in harmony to reduce pocket depths and to create an architectural form where the surfaces of the teeth can be cleaned daily of the sticky bacterial plaque that easily adheres to rough surfaces of the teeth in areas measuring in excess of 5mm. The gum tissue is stitched back into place to form an architecture that is cleansable. After flap and osseous surgical treatment for bone disease, you will receive written post-operative instructions and any needed antibiotics and/or pain medication.

Key Benefits of Osseous Surgery

  • Reduced pocket depths with an architectural from amenable to effective daily oral hygiene
  • Previously unreachable areas are easier to access
  • Professional teeth cleanings reach areas previously inaccessible and are more comfortable
  • Fresh breath
  • Infection is eliminated
  • No more bleeding when brushing or flossing

While there is no cure for gum and bone diseases, they can be effectively treated with flap and osseous surgery but follow up maintenance therapy is necessary to maintain the imporvements. To find out more about osseous surgery and other gum disease treatment, call Arlington Periodontics in Arlington, TX to schedule your consultation today.