Osseous Surgery (Pocket reduction) is a treatment for periodontitis. Your gum should fit snugly around your teeth. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming pockets around the teeth. Over time these pockets become deeper providing a large space for bacteria to live. As bacteria develop around teeth, they can accumulate and advance under the gum tissue. Osseous surgery is a procedure in which the gum tissue is folded back and the disease causing bacteria are removed before securing the tissue back in place with stitches.
Bone Grafting is the replacement or augmentation of the portion of the jaw bone that anchors the teeth. It is a surgical procedure that is usually done to reverse the loss or resorption of bone that may have occurred due to tooth loss, trauma or disease, and to rebuild the bone structure beneath the gums in preparation for the placement of dental implants or other tooth replacements.
Tissue enzymes that enhance bone formation in adults are added to the bone grafting material, usually dessicated bovine or equine bone. The holes in the bone material allows new bone to form within and join the new bone to your existing jawbone that supports your teeth.
Soft tissue grafting
Connective tissue, bovine or your own, is placed under the gum tissues to increase the amount of the pink attached gingiva that surrounds your teeth to correct unsightly and unhealthy gum recession.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
For some people Wisdom Teeth Removal is necessary, unfortunately it is not the most comfortable procedure and is best done under IV sedation. Removing wisdom teeth involves an incision in the gum, the removal of some jaw bone material, and the ultimate removal of the individual tooth. This does lead to bleeding, swelling and pain. It is the possibility of pain that many people try to avoid the procedure, and this can lead to much greater and more prolonged discomfort over the long term. A proper method of pain management will be given before and after the procedure. We have discovered that irrigation under the gumline around the wisdom tooth before its removal, allays most post-op infection and discomfort.
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay it possibly can be fixed with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth will also need to be extracted if it cannot be saved. There are options to replace the extracted tooth. An X-ray will be taken to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. Your medical history and any medications you are taking will be needed. An antibiotic will be given to take before and after surgery.
Richard B Waghalter, D.D.S Healthy Smiles of Houston 5959 West Loop South, Suite 640 Bellaire, TX 77401
Telephone: 713-771-7101 FAX: 713-771-7102
Financing available through Springstone Financial and Care Credit.