Understanding Gum Disease or Periodontitis
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a severe gum infection that can damage the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Plaque can harden into tartar (calculus), making removing it even more difficult. If you don’t remove plaque and tartar, they will begin to destroy the gums and bone.
You must see a dentist or periodontist for treatment if you have gum disease. We can treat gum disease with professional cleanings and at-home oral care tips. In severe cases, gum surgery may be necessary. Gum disease will only worsen without treatment and could eventually lead to tooth loss.
What is Osseous Surgery?
When periodontal disease has progressed to the point where it threatens the gum tissue and the bone, osseous surgery is a viable therapy option. Osseous surgery in Centennial, also known as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, may be advised when non-surgical treatments like scaling and root planing are insufficient to stop the spread of bacteria that have infected the area.
Pocket Reduction Surgery Procedure
A periodontist performs the osseous surgery treatment, which takes around two hours to complete. We can administer anesthesia to your gums to make the area comfortable. Dr. Losin makes a little cut in your gum line to fold back your gums and eliminate the bacteria underneath. After removing the bacteria, he will clean up the areas where bone damage has occurred. Implementing a periodontal regeneration treatment becomes crucial if you have extensive bone deterioration. These methods included guided tissue regeneration membranes and bone grafts. Once we remove the infected tissue, Dr. Losin then carefully stitches everything together. To keep the area covered while it starts to heal, Dr. Losin will bandage it.
Osseous Surgery Recovery
Osseous surgery is a relatively minor surgical procedure, and most patients experience only mild discomfort after the surgery. For this reason, osseous surgery does not usually require a lengthy recovery period. Most patients can return to normal activities within a few days after the surgery. However, it is important to avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks after osseous surgery so that the incisions can heal properly. To aid in healing:
- Don’t smoke. Although it can be challenging to quit smoking, we can develop a strategy that will work best for you.
- It would be best to refrain from using a straw until your mouth is completely healed.
- It would help if you ate soft meals during the first few days following the surgery.
- Avoid physical exertion following surgery.
- After a day, use salt water to swish and rinse.
- Apply an ice compress to your cheeks to decrease mouth swelling.