Osseous Surgery

In the field of periodontics, osseous surgery is often referred to as flap surgery.  This type of surgery is performed only after other treatments have been exhausted, and is used to create a clean environment around the tooth that is free of bacteria.  This can also prevent the loss of the tooth, as the bacteria can eat away at your teeth and may cause you to lose it in certain situations.  If all other options have been exhausted, you may find that osseous surgery is the next logical step in keeping your teeth clean and healthy.


What To Expect From The Procedure

Before the procedure begins, your tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t feel any pain. Dr. Toms will then make an incision in your gums around the area that needs to be treated.  The gum is then pulled back, away from the tooth and the osseous tissue of the bone in order to give Dr. Toms direct access to the area.  This also gives Dr. Toms the movement needed to thoroughly clean the tooth of any bacteria and plaque build-up that may have set into the tooth.  

After this is done, the surface of the bone will be smoothed.  The tooth may be uneven and rough because bacteria that are trapped in the pocket around the tooth can eat away at it, and make it seem rough.  By smoothing the bone and getting rid of these rough surfaces, Dr. Toms can ensure that proper healing takes place. The area will then be stitched and reconnected.

           

What To Expect From Your Recovery

Because the anesthesia may wear off quickly, and the procedure may be a little painful, Dr. Toms may prescribe you a pain medication to ensure that the pain can be controlled.  It is important to fill your prescription immediately and make sure that you are taking the medication as prescribed.

In anywhere from six to ten days after the procedure, you will return to the office to have your stitches removed.  Dr. Toms may use dissolving stitches in the osseous surgery, which will prevent you from having to come in and have them professionally removed.  You will want to return to see Dr. Toms about a month after the surgery to ensure that proper healing is taking place. You may find you have an increased sensitivity to hot or cold after this procedure, because the tooth may be longer from the trimming of the gums.

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