If you have bleeding gums or have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may need to undergo osseous surgery as part of your treatment plan. Osseous surgery is a procedure that is recommended when periodontal pockets around a single tooth or several teeth have not responded to other treatment. This procedure is performed to create a clean and sterile environment around the tooth in an effort to reduce the pocketing and prevent tooth loss. Dr. David Rosen performs osseous surgery at his periodontal practice in Lexington, MA. If you have bleeding gums or think that you may have gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen as soon as possible.
Dr. Rosen will numb the area to be treated using local anesthesia. He will make an incision in the gum tissue and around the area to be treated, then lift the gum away from the tooth and underlying bone to gain direct access to the treatment site. The surface of the tooth can then be cleaned thoroughly to remove plaque and calculus deposits. Next, the surface of the bone can be smoothed out, as any bacteria that have been trapped in the pockets around the tooth may have eaten away at the bone structure causing it to be rough or uneven. Smoothing the rough surfaces of the bone helps to ensure proper healing of bleeding gums and the elimination of other gum disease symptoms.
After the tooth root has been cleaned and the bone has been smoothed out, the gum tissue can be trimmed to match the underlying structure and then stitched back into place. Dr. Rosen places stitches in the gums to hold the tissue in the correct position as it heals.
You may be prescribed pain medication after your procedure to manage any discomfort. Your stitches will be removed within ten days, unless Dr. Rosen uses dissolving stitches. About a month after your procedure, you will come back to our office so that Dr. Rosen can check the healing. Since gum tissue has been trimmed down, more tooth structure is exposed which may cause increased sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or foods.
Are you looking for gum disease treatment in Lexington, MA? Find out more about bleeding gums treatment options and osseous surgery by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Rosen today!