Why Do I Need Gum Surgery?
Osseous surgery is performed as a treatment for gum disease and can be utilized to augment bone density for single or multiple teeth damaged by a periodontal infection. When you have periodontal disease that is not responding to any gum disease treatment in Chester, NJ, Dr. Thomas A. Bissell may recommend osseous surgery.
The Osseous Surgical Procedure
Dr. Bissell will administer local anesthetic to numb the treatment site. He will then measure the depth of your periodontal pockets to assess the damage caused by your periodontal infection. Incisions are made into the gum tissue, creating a flap that can be pulled back to increase visibility and access your bone. Tartar is removed along with any infected gum tissue.
Dr. Bissell will then smooth the bone, as the bacteria may have caused the tooth root to become rough over time. This procedure allows us to contour the tooth to a healthier, smoother state. If necessary, Dr. Bissell will perform a bone graft to increase bone density. Next, the gum tissue is cut and shaped to accommodate the new shape of the bone and the treatment site is cleaned. The flap of gum tissue is closed and sutured in its proper place, covering the tooth root and bone.
Do I need gum surgery follow up appointments? A first follow up will be scheduled within ten days to remove the stitches, with a second scheduled to check your healing progress within a month of undergoing this gum disease treatment in Chester, NJ.
Do I Need Gum Surgery Post Care Instructions?
Dr. Bissell will provide you with a list of home care instructions to keep you in good health after the procedure. He may also prescribe pain medication, antibiotics, or a special mouthwash. Slight swelling and discomfort can be expected within the first 24 to 48 hours and a soft food diet is recommended for the first few days.
Call Dr. Bissell today to schedule your gum disease screening and examination. We will provide you with a full explanation of information regarding osseous and gum surgery treatment.