What is Osseous Surgery?

Osseous surgery


Osseous surgery is a surgical dental procedure done when there is a pocket around the tooth that has not responded to other kinds of dental treatments. The goal of this type of surgery is to save the affected tooth and for dental health and hygiene to prevail. The procedure is all about smoothing and reshaping the affected bone to avoid bacteria build-up and survival. When the bone is prepared the body will have an easier time to heal and repair any inflammation due to bacteria growth in the area.

Not all dentists may perform osseous surgery; only trained dental professionals are able to do so. The usual procedure starts with identifying the teeth that needs treatment or surgery. This is done by measuring the pocket that has formed around the tooth; a periodontal probe is a diagnostic tool that is used to measure the depth of the pocket. A depth of 4mm or more is a candidate for osseous surgery. The gum area around the tooth is also assessed; it is usually red, inflamed, easily bleeds and swollen.

After the affected tooth is identified, other kinds of treatments will be done to reduce the inflamed gum tissue. If the inflammation does not subside or the tooth pocket worsens, the patient is scheduled for surgery.

Osseous surgery is done in a doctor’s office. The dentist applies anesthesia over the area and once the area is already numb, an incision will be made in the gum tissue that will need treatment. The gum will be lifted from the area and the lower part of the tooth will be cleaned with the use of an instrument that will scrape dirt. Usually inflammation and decayed pockets around the tooth destroy bone over time. Bone that is irregularly shaped is cleaned thoroughly with a powerful hand piece; this looks like a toothbrush that rotates from the tip.

And aside from cleaning the irregularly destroyed bone, a tool also smoothens the surface so that gum will be reattached will easily heal. When the lifted gum is returned to its position it is cut to meet the exact shape of the bone and with a simple suture will hold the gum in place to aid in the reattachment of the tissue to the gums. It would take up to 10 days before the stitches are removed and mostly there is pain felt over the area as the gum tissue heals.

Dentists that perform osseous surgery will recommend using pain relievers and antibiotics to reduce the possibility of infection. The surgical site will be inspected regularly to check for complications of the treatment and to inspect the healing of the gum tissue. These are done before and after the sutures have been removed. Further pain medications are prescribed as well as antibiotic treatments to ensure efficient tissue healing. The dentist will also recommend further treatments for the patient to preserve other teeth. Affected teeth are treated according to severity and usually the teeth with the deepest pockets get to receive the first treatment.


Posted by admin - December 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

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What Do Gum Disease Pictures Tell Us?

Gum disease pictures


If you have ever had treatment for gum disease then you should know that this dental condition is curable and of course preventable. Gum disease pictures in the web and from dentists’ offices will tell you that this condition is actually easy to maintain provided the patient follows his dentist’s advice.

Usually, gum disease pictures show discolored teeth with reddish, inflamed and swelling gums. You can easily tell there is pus in the gum tissue since there is a whitish material that seems to be ready to gush out with just one prick of a needle. The gum area may be in the inner or in the outer areas of the gum and sometimes the gum disease is so worse that pictures only tell half of what the person is actually experiencing. There is also pain on the area, persistent bad breath, the presence of loose teeth and changes in the way the person bites or noticeable looseness when dentures are placed. There is also pus that may come out of teeth and the teeth easily bleeds even when slight brushing.

Gum disease pictures are just half of what this dental condition tells us. These pictures warn us of impending dental conditions when we are not mindful of dental health. Here are some ways to prevent gum disease in children and in adults:

  1. Brushing at least twice a day is the best way to get rid of food remnants and any dirt and grime that may accumulate on teeth. Food remnants that stick in between the teeth and gums are perfect areas where bacteria grow. Flossing after every brush will also remove these food particles.

Be sure to brush and floss correctly. Use a sensible toothbrush that has moderately soft bristles that will evenly clean teeth in all directions. You should also brush on the tongue and on the cheek to completely clean the entire mouth. Flossing effectively in all areas in between teeth will also remove deep-seated dirt.

  1. If you smoke, stop when you are suffering from frequent gum inflammation and disease. Smoking further aggravates gum disease and will never do anything positive to health. Smoking also contributes to poor oral hygiene, bad breath and poor dental health. If you want to quit smoking but you don’t know how then you should consult a specialist to help you out.
  2. Heal gums and gum disease by completing antibiotic treatments prescribed by your dentist. Never stop antibiotics abruptly but instead continue treatment for as long as it is prescribed.
  3. Visit your dentist regularly even when you do not experience any symptoms. Have your teeth cleaned and treated for preventive measures at least twice a year. If you have regular episodes of gum disease, your doctor will advise a better prophylactic treatment that will further prevent this condition.
  4. Eat healthy or if you do not get nutrients from the foods we eat you should take multivitamin supplements to improve your health.

Posted by admin - December 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

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