Are you suffering from advanced periodontitis and are seeking treatment for your gum disease? Thankfully, treatment options are available for this stage that can effectively halt this disease’s progression and restore health to your smile. A periodontist is most qualified to provide this specialized treatment and any supplemental procedures such as bone grafting. Learn how osseous surgery can effectively treat advanced stages of gum disease:
The Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease
Gum disease begins quietly with symptoms that many patients overlook: tender gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing. This is a result of bacterial plaque and tartar deposits that have hardened on the tooth surfaces at and below the gumline. The infected and irritated gums become red and tender, eventually pulling away from the teeth. Advanced stages of gum disease are characterized by severe gum recession, deep periodontal pockets between teeth, bone damage, and loose teeth. As the leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease should be treated as soon as symptoms begin, though advanced periodontitis can be effectively treated by a periodontal specialist.
The Steps of Osseous Surgery
Osseous surgery is a surgical procedure involving removing diseased tissue and eradicating bacteria from the mouth. During the procedure, your periodontist will carefully “flap” the soft tissues back to expose the deep periodontal pockets. These pockets and the tooth roots are then cleared of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. When these pockets are cleaned, your periodontist will reshape damaged bone or add bone grafts to the site. Next, the diseased gum tissue is trimmed, and the healthy remaining tissue is sutured back around the teeth to reduce the periodontal pocket depth. Once healed, and with ongoing proper at-home and professional maintenance, your mouth will be free from infection, more functional, and restored to natural beauty.
Schedule Your Consultation
Noticing the signs of gum disease or already have advanced periodontitis? Don’t put off treatment! Schedule a consultation in our Periodontal Office in Traverse, MI with your local periodontist today.