Dr. Bradley Dean is a leading Plano area dentist for oral surgery and implant dentistry. His advanced training in periodontics provides the foundation for comprehensive care that can restore the health and function of your smile. Dr. Dean offers surgical treatment options to address complex dental problems related to the health of the gums.
During your consultation, Dr. Dean will use advanced digital imagery to evaluate the condition of the teeth, gums and underlying bone and soft tissues. In some cases, bone grafting may also be recommended to fully restore the stability of your oral health.
What is Osseous Surgery?
In some cases, when the gum pocket does not respond to other procedures such as scaling and root planing, osseous surgery may be needed to reduce the pocket depth and prevent the future build-up of plaque and bacteria. Sometimes called gum pocket surgery or gingivectomy, osseous surgery involves smoothing and reshaping the affected bone and reducing the gum pocket, making it difficult for bacteria to survive. It will eliminate the existing bacteria and infection, stop the decay process, and prevent any further damage.
Osseous surgery serves to protect the bone structure surrounding the teeth by removing bacteria and infection that can impact bone health if left untreated. If you have advanced periodontal disease it can also affect the appearance of your teeth. Repairing damaged gums will support healthy teeth and enable you to successfully address cosmetic concerns with a stable and lasting result.
Osseous Surgery: what to expect
Osseous surgery is a fairly simple procedure that Dr. Dean will perform in the comfort of our Plano, TX periodontist office. We make every effort to ensure that you are educated on all aspects of the procedure and what to expect during and after.
Dr. Dean will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once you are comfortable, he will gently release the affected gum tissue from the teeth to access and clean the tooth roots. If bone grafting is needed to support compromised bone tissue this will be performed during the procedure. Once complete, the repaired gum tissue will be sutured back and covered with a periodontal dressing consisting of gauze to keep debris out and support a healthy recovery.
A soft diet is recommended for several days and Dr. Dean will provide personalized post-treatment instructions on a patient by patient basis.