Osseous surgery is one of the most common periodontal surgical procedures. This treatment involves making an incision around the teeth, and reflecting the gum tissue. This provides access to the roots of your teeth. Deep plaque and calculus can then be seen and thoroughly removed. Irregularities of the bone caused by the disease are smoothed over and the gum tissue is placed back to the tooth. The gum is sutured closer to the bone. A protective dressing is often placed around the necks of the teeth to cover the surgical area and to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. You will need to be seen in 7 days to remove the periodontal dressing and sutures and evaluate your healing.
By moving the gum closer to the bone, the pockets will be reduced or eliminated. As a consequence, the tooth may appear longer and the spaces between the teeth may be larger. It is not uncommon to experience temporary cold sensitivity with your teeth. This can usually be solved by brushing with toothpaste for sensitive teeth. In cosmetic areas, other treatment options may be considered depending on how much tooth would be exposed.
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