Osseous Surgery in Hendersonville, Asheville & Brevard
Gum disease is a bacterial infection in the mouth that will not go away without professional treatment. In fact, without treatment, gum disease usually gets worse, releasing dangerous toxins that can lead to serious problems including tooth and bone loss in the jaw.
Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik in Asheville, NC use a variety of techniques and technologies to treat patients with gum disease and eradicate the bacteria that is causing the problem.
Osseous surgery, also called flap surgery, is a type of traditional treatment that is sometimes used to treat patients with gum disease.
How osseous surgery is performed:
• Anesthetic is applied to the gums to numb the area.
• An incision is made along the gum line, where gum disease is present.
• The gum tissue is rolled back to expose the bone.
• The surface areas of the teeth are thoroughly cleansed of plaque and tartar.
• The bone is smoothed to encourage the healing process.
• The soft tissue is shaped, stitched back into place, and covered with a putty like bandaging so that the gums are protected while they heal.
After Osseous Surgery
Patients who have osseous surgery for gum disease should expect to feel some soreness after the procedure. A prescription pain medication is available if necessary. A soft food diet is recommended for a while following treatment so that the gums have a chance to heal properly. Osseous surgery involves removing some of the gum tissue, which can make the teeth look a little longer and be more sensitive to cold and hot temperatures. A follow up appointment, usually in about ten days or so, is required so that we can check your progress and remove the stitches if they will not dissolve on their own. This appointment will be followed by a second visit later on to ensure that the gums have healed properly.
If you have gum disease, please call Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik in Asheville, NC today for your friendly, personalized consultation. We can determine whether osseous surgery or another treatment is right for you.