Gum Disease, When Caught Early, Is Easily Reversible.
When you’re looking for a dentist for you and your family in Westchester, you need to know that they’re able to meet your needs. You need a dentist who’ll be there for you not just for routine checkups, cleaning and fillings, but to cover every aspect of your dental health. If you find yourself or a family member affected by advanced periodontal disease, for example, you need a dentist who can offer you a surgical intervention to prevent the possibility of tooth loss. The good news is that you can trust Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale to handle your dental care needs, including osseous surgery, here in Westchester. Our highly experienced and completely dedicated team are here to ensure that patients get nothing but our very best care.
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We believe that good care starts with ensuring that our patients are well informed and have a complete understanding of all the dental services and procedures we offer to help them make informed decisions for themselves and their families. This page is dedicated to understanding the effects of periodontal disease and how osseous surgery can help prevent our patients from losing teeth to advanced cases of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease (or gum disease) is an infection of the gum tissue which causes them to recede and prevents your teeth from getting the support they need. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. But, with the help of our Westchester periodontist, signs of gum disease needn’t mean that tooth loss is inevitable.
Bacterial plaque builds up gradually as tiny remnants of the food we eat decompose in our mouths. And the longer this plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth, acidic toxins cause irritation to the gum tissue, causing them to become red, puffy and prone to bleeding. Thorough brushing and flossing combined with professional cleaning by your dentist is usually all it takes to remove this early phase of gum disease (known as gingivitis)
However, if gingivitis goes untreated, plaque buildup around and beneath the gums can harden into tartar. Over time, this accumulation of tartar causes your gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets where more food can collect leading to more bacteria and infection risk. When we catch this early, we will be able to remove it through a nonsurgical procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning process that removes all tartar from under your gums, smoothing out the root surfaces.
However, if the pockets caused by tartar are too deep or have resulted in too much bone loss, osseous surgery can save you from the possibility of tooth loss.
The word “osseous” is a medical term that refers to the study and treatment of bones. Hence, when we talk about osseous surgery in dentistry, we refer to the removal or re-shaping of damaged bone surrounding the tooth. This surgery is designed to eliminate harmful bacteria while reducing the pockets in which it can accumulate and smoothing the damaged bones to allow the gum tissue to reattach to strong bones and ensure that teeth are strong and healthy once again.
We understand that it’s important to completely understand a surgical procedure before you can commit to undergoing it. So, while we will be sure to discuss your options, the treatment, and answer all your questions, let’s break it down here:
This type of periodontal surgery can be performed either by a dentist or a periodontist (gum doctor), and is performed under local anesthesia. After you have been numbed, the attending dentist makes a small incision in the gum tissue. This can then be opened up and pulled back in a flap to allow access to the surrounding bone and the root of the tooth. We will then scrape the deposits of hardened tartar off the root surface. This will leave the surface of the bone jagged and so our next step will be to and trim and contour this damaged bone tissue to make it smooth again.
The gum tissue is then sutured back in place. This ensures that there will be minimal pocket depth when the site is fully healed and that tartar will not be allowed to build up again in the empty spaces.
Length of time taken for the surgery can vary a great deal. It depends on the extent of the procedure and how many teeth are affected. We will be able to give you a good idea of how long your osseous surgery will take.
Periodontists know gum disease, studying the diagnosis and progression of the disease for an additional three years after traditional dental school. In addition to being able to identify the symptoms of gum disease quickly, periodontists treat the condition, restoring the smile, and helping patients to ward off future problems. Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale has two periodontists to help you to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.Request My appointment
Immediately after your procedure, we will cover the area with gauze to absorb any residual bleeding. You will also be given some post-operative instructions to help you to recover as quickly as possible. These will include rinsing your mouth with warm salt water to encourage blood flow to the mouth and facilitate faster healing. You will also be expected to apply an ice pack to reduce any swelling. This is also helpful to alleviate pain.
You will also need to change the gauze pads for as long as there is bleeding to keep your mouth hygienic. If you experience any discomfort, this can usually be handled with an over-the-counter medication.
In most cases, not very long at all. Although every procedure is different, in the vast majority of cases, patients are back to eating and drinking normally within a day or two. We will want to schedule a follow-up appointment in about a week’s time to make sure all is well with your healing.
After your surgery, we will work with you to ensure that you never need another procedure like this again. As such, they will likely put you on a preventative-maintenance schedule for regular cleanings and checkups as well as helping you to implement a rigorous home care regimen of brushing, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
If you are worried that you may have periodontal disease and feel that osseous surgery may be an option for you, get in touch with us today. We’d be delighted to arrange a consultation to get to know your needs and advise you on the best way to take care of your teeth and gums.