Osseous Surgery in North Hollywood, CA
In a healthy oral cavity, a small pocket lies between the gums and teeth, which is approximately 2 to 3 mm deep. If you have periodontal disease, the causative bacteria infiltrate the gingival pockets, increasing their depth. These pockets provide an ideal zone for bacteria to cultivate and continue the progression of periodontal disease, which can lead to severe outcomes, including tooth loss. To prevent such consequences, specialists at our North Hollywood, CA, practice offer osseous surgery to debride the gingival pockets and promote healing toward healthy gums.
Osseous surgery, also known as pocket reduction surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure to restore normal pocket depth. At Aava Dental, we recommend this treatment option to patients with advanced periodontitis or gum disease. To learn more about osseous surgery and other periodontal services, visit our clinic or call (818) 792-4500 to schedule an appointment.
Who Should Get Osseous Surgery?
Generally, our dentists strive to address periodontal issues with non-invasive options such as routine dental cleaning or scaling and root planing (SRP). At our dental practice in North Hollywood, CA, we reserve osseous surgery for those who have deep gingival pockets (more than 5 mm) and cannot be treated with conservative treatment alone. Symptoms that may indicate the need for osseous surgery include:
- Spontaneous bleeding from gums
- Swollen or inflamed gums
- Increased tenderness
- Food sticking in gingival pockets
- Pain while biting or chewing
- Loose or mobile teeth
What Are The Benefits of Osseous Surgery?
Osseous surgery at our North Hollywood, CA, practice is exponentially beneficial to those with advanced gingivitis and periodontal disease. With utmost care, our skillful dentists will manipulate your gingival tissues and restore their optimum pocket depth. This surgery aims to provide the following advantages:
- Reduce pocket depth to limit the growth of causative bacteria.
- Remove plaque accumulation, tartar deposits, and food debris within your gingival pockets.
- Modify the contours of your bone and prevent further bone loss.
- Halt the progression of gingivitis or periodontal disease.
- Help to maintain proper oral hygiene.
- Restore your smile aesthetics.
What Is The Process of Osseous Surgery?
At our North Hollywood, CA, practice, we typically complete the osseous surgery process within a single appointment. However, the surgery may take multiple sessions if you have severe periodontal disease. After your initial consultation and evaluation, we will prepare you for the surgery by administering local anesthesia to numb your gum tissues. The next step is to place a small incision along your natural gum line. Using dental instruments, we will unfold your gums away from the incision line to access the underlying teeth.
Once we gain proper exposure, we will debride the teeth thoroughly and remove plaque deposits. If the surrounding bone is damaged or has rough edges, we will smoothen it to restore its healthy form. Additionally, our team can address issues such as bone loss with bone grafts and tissue regeneration factors. After the surgery, we will suture your gums back and cover them with periodontal dressing to promote healing.