As a progressive oral condition affecting millions of individuals, periodontal (gum) disease has the potential to cause significant destruction to oral structures. Harmful oral bacteria residing beneath the gum line causes a bodily reaction that damages the bone surrounding the teeth, rendering periodontal disease as the primary culprit in tooth loss today. When moderate to advanced bone loss has occurred, or non-surgical gum disease treatments have not produced desired results, osseous surgery may be the next step. For expert gum disease treatment to get you back on the road to health, count on osseous surgery procedures from Brewer Family Dentistry.
When gum disease has caused significant bone loss and deep periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums, the appropriate treatment option is often osseous surgery. The procedure, performed by Dr. Dean Brewer, begins with numbing the treatment area for maximum comfort. To access infected areas, the gum tissue is gently reflected back to reveal the tooth roots and underlying bone tissue. Dr. Brewer thoroughly cleans the teeth of plaque and tartar deposits, removes infected tissue and eliminates bone discrepancies left by disease-causing bacteria. A bone graft may also be placed, depending on your needs, after which the treatment site will be sutured for healing to begin. Osseous surgery reduces the depth of periodontal pockets, leaving you with a healthier oral environment and reduced risk of tooth loss.
Because there is no cure for periodontal disease, treating the destructive condition as early as possible is crucial to both oral and overall health. Bacteria produce toxins causing the body to destroy gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth, resulting in gum recession, tooth mobility and tooth loss, among other oral effects. These bacteria even travel through the bloodstream, impacting other areas of the body and increasing the risk of systemic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancers. For a healthier mouth and body, treating gum disease as early as possible is key.
Failing to treat periodontal disease in a timely manner may lead to the following conditions: