Osseous Surgery

Willow Glen Dental Specialists

Periodontists & Endodontists located in San Jose, CA

Osseous surgery is an effective treatment for periodontal disease that has spread beneath the gum line. At Willow Glen Dental Specialists in San Jose, California, the team of gum disease specialists performs osseous surgery to eliminate pockets of plaque beneath the gum line. Without treatment, these small pockets of plaque and bacteria can eat away at your gums and bone. They can even lead to tooth loss. To find out if you’re a candidate for osseous surgery, call Willow Glen Dental Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Osseous Surgery Q & A

What is osseous surgery?

Osseous surgery is a procedure used to remove pockets of plaque trapped beneath the gum line. Commonly called pocket reduction surgery, this procedure treats periodontal disease and prevents it from progressing. 

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection that causes inflammation of the gums. It’s the result of a buildup of plaque. This sticky form of bacteria can destroy your tooth enamel and spread beneath your gum line.

Once plaque reaches beneath your gum line, it becomes trapped in small pockets. Not only do these pockets make it easier for more plaque to grow beneath the gum line, but the bacteria also release toxins that can deteriorate your tooth-supporting structures. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss if it isn’t treated.

Osseous surgery removes the pockets of plaque beneath your gum line and reattaches your gums to your teeth, forming a tight seal.

What happens during osseous surgery?

During osseous surgery, the team administers an anesthetic to keep your gums numb throughout the procedure. Once you’re comfortable, they make a small incision.

Next, the team folds back your gums to reveal the pockets of plaque and bacteria hidden underneath. Using special dental instruments, they remove the pockets. They may also reshape certain areas. By smoothing out the bone, the team makes it easier for your gums to reattach to your teeth, leaving no spaces for plaque to reenter.

Once there’s no plaque or bacteria left beneath your gum line, the team reattaches your gums to form a tight fit.

What happens after osseous surgery?

Most people recover from osseous surgery within a few days of treatment. The team at Willow Glen Dental Specialists will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your gums while you heal.

During your recovery from osseous surgery, you should:

  • Only eat soft foods
  • Avoid sucking through a straw
  • Stop smoking
  • Take a break from exercise
  • Change your gauze often
  • Swish saltwater in your mouth

If you have an infection, the team may prescribe antibiotics. Mild pain and discomfort are normal after osseous surgery. Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory pain relievers can help reduce pain and inflammation while you heal.

For more information on osseous surgery, call Willow Glen Dental Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.