Do You Suffer From Gum Disease?

If you are at risk for advanced periodontal disease, osseous surgery may be right for you. Book your dental appointment with Sun Ridge Smiles!


If you suffer from gum disease, you should get it treated immediately with dental deep cleaning. During a typical deep cleaning procedure, the dentist will remove all accumulated plaque and tartar with a scalar device and then use a root planing procedure to reattach your receding gums to your teeth.

However, if your periodontitis has advanced considerably and infected your bone structure, then deep cleaning may not be enough. You may still have pockets of space around your teeth and the dentist may need to treat it with a more complex procedure. That’s where osseous surgery comes in.

Osseous surgery is a surgical procedure in which the dentist removes or reshapes the infected or affected bone structure around your teeth. If you don’t treat periodontitis promptly, the bacterial infection spreads to your bone structure, which necessitates osseous surgery. This procedure treats the bacterial infection, minimizes the pocket of space between the gums and teeth, and finally reshapes the damaged bone.

Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of osseous surgery procedure at Sun Ridge Smiles.

 Osseous Surgery Procedure

The following is an overview of osseous surgery procedure:

  • The dentist numbs the affected area with local anesthesia so they can operate on it without pain or discomfort.
  • The dentist gains access to the affected bone structure by creating an incision on the gum flaps and pulling it back.
  • The tooth’s root is first cleaned and all deposits of plaque and tartar are removed.
  • Once the root surface is smoothened and cleaned, the dentist reshapes and smoothens the affected bone.
  • The gum tissues are stitched up and closed so they can heal and close the gap eventually.
  • In some cases, you may have suffered excessive bone loss or infection — so much so you lack enough bone structure to support the teeth. In this case, the dentist may have to perform a bone grafting procedure in which grafting material — derived from another part of your body, another animal, another person, or synthetic materials — is planted inside the gum flap to facilitate bone regeneration

Necessity of Osseous Surgery

Regardless of how well you brush or floss your teeth, you can’t get rid of all the food particles stuck between your teeth and gums. This is especially true if you have crooked or misaligned teeth because the food particles get stuck in deep recesses of your teeth that are hard to reach. Over time, these food particles turn into a white substance called plaque, which eventually turns into a hard substance called tartar that’s impossible to remove with regular brushing and flossing. That’s why you need to go for regular dental cleaning appointments — so the dentist can scrape off all the accumulated plaque and tartar.

If you don’t go for a dental cleaning, the plaque and tartar will eventually invite bacterial decay and infection. The bacterial infection will first affect your tooth and gums, leading to gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. At this point, you can treat gum disease with dental deep cleaning. However, if you avoid treatment, the bacterial infection will spread beneath the tooth and gums to affect your tooth’s root and underlying bone structure. At this stage, dental deep cleaning will no longer be sufficient. Once the infection has spread to your bones, you’ll have to seek osseous surgery so the dentist can remove the infected bone and reshape the remaining bone structure.

As such osseous surgery is necessary because it’s the last step to save your tooth and gums from complete decay. If you avoid osseous surgery, you may lose your tooth completely and the bacterial infection may also enter your bloodstream, which can lead to a range of other medical conditions like arthritis, heart conditions, and other problems.


Osseous Surgery FAQ

During your osseous surgery procedure, we’ll administer local anesthesia around your gums so you don’t feel anything at all. If you’re anxious and scared, you can also discuss sedation dentistry options. Your physical and mental comfort are our priorities.

After the osseous surgery procedure, we’ll give you clear instructions on your recovery.

  • The dentist will place an antiseptic gauze in your mouth to control the bleeding.
  • You should keep your head elevated and avoid activities for at least 24 hours.
  • You should also ice your mouth and consume NSAIDs (if prescribed) to minimize or ease inflammation.
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water regularly to minimize swelling.
  • Your gums may continue bleeding so you’ll have to change the antiseptic gauze regularly.
  • Avoid hard food items for at least two days.
  • You can return to your regular activities after two days but you should still see the dentist at least once a week for a while.
  • Go for regular dental cleaning appointments every six months so you don’t get gum disease again.

You can avoid periodontitis altogether if you follow these oral hygiene tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Rinse your mouth regularly with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Go for dental deep cleaning appointments once every six months.

To find out the exact cost of the osseous surgery procedure, contact your dentist. We can only give you an exact quote after checking your specific condition and the extent of your periodontitis. However, the treatment cost may range from $500 to $10,000 — this depends on the procedure, the number of sessions required, and several other factors. Osseous surgery is generally covered by insurance at least to some extent so you don’t have to pay for the complete treatment yourself.

Schedule your Osseous Surgery Appointment

At Sun Ridge Smiles, we have some of the country’s finest dentists who study your oral health to determine the extent of periodontitis and treat it using some of the best minimally invasive procedure possible. We try to treat periodontitis with minimally invasive procedures and only opt for osseous surgery as a last resort. For more information, please schedule your osseous surgery appointment.