What is Periodontal Disease?

If you haven’t taken great care of your oral health through regular dental visits, brushing, and flossing, you could have developed periodontal disease. This disease is an infection in your gums and the bones in your mouth caused by a buildup on plaque. Plaque, a film made up of bacteria, is usually kept at manageable levels through brushing and teeth cleanings, but if left untreated, it can harden and lead to problems chewing, pain, and tooth loss.

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

If you are in the early stages of periodontal disease, the dentists at Library Plaza Dental Center can perform several treatments to eliminate built-up plaque. A regular teeth cleaning is sometimes enough to clear out plaque and restore a patient’s mouth to a healthier standard. Root planing and scaling is a more in-depth and time-consuming process that involves physically scraping built-up plaque from your teeth, including the surfaces of your teeth that are below your gum line.

If a cleaning and planing and scaling do not remove enough plaque, osseous surgery may be the only option. During osseous surgery, your dentist will remove or reshape damaged bone around your teeth in order to reduce bacteria and help your teeth form a stronger connection to healthy bone.

Contact our dental clinic in Des Plaines today if you have questions or if you think that osseous surgery may be necessary to help make your smile as great as possible. We always do our best to limit discomfort, so make sure to discuss your treatment options with your dentist. If you need to have one or more procedures, we offer sedation dentistry in order to make the process as comfortable as can be.

No matter how old you are or what shape your teeth are in, our dentists are ready to help. Call us now.

What is Osseous Surgery?

When you have periodontal disease, the supporting tissue and bone around the teeth are destroyed and pockets full of bacteria develop. Over time, these pockets become deeper and create more space for plaque to form and invade underneath the gum. This results in further bone and tissue loss around the teeth that can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Deep periodontal pockets cannot be properly cleaned with daily home care. Osseous surgery is recommended when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. It is generally recommended in cases that have not responded to non-surgical treatment such as scaling and root planning (deep cleaning). The goal of osseous surgery is to eliminate gum pockets by trimming away any infected gum tissue and diseased bone. The end result is a healthier environment that promotes long term maintenance and stops the progression of periodontal disease.

How is Osseous Surgery performed?

During the procedure, your periodontist will gently fold back the gum tissue and remove the disease-causing bacteria before securing the gum tissue back into place. If the underlying bone appears to be damaged, any irregular surfaces will be smoothed out to limit areas where the disease-causing bacteria can reside. This will allow your gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone more effectively.

You may experience some minor swelling after the surgery. Apply an ice pack to the outside of your face to reduce your discomfort. In some cases, antibiotics may be subscribed before, during, and after the treatment in order to prevent any infections. After a week or two, you will come back to our office so that your periodontist can check the surgical area and make sure your gums are healing properly.