Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, refers to a number of different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria.

Goals of Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery is used to reshape deformities and remove pockets in the alveolar bone surrounding the teeth. It is a common necessity in effective treatment of more advanced periodontal diseases. The ultimate goal of osseous surgery is to reduce or eliminate the periodontal pockets that cause periodontal disease. Despite the word “surgery” the procedure is reported to feel more like a thorough cleaning. The specific goals of surgery include:

  • Reducing Bacterial Spread:
    Bacteria from the mouth can spread throughout the body and cause other life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and respiratory disease. Removing deep tartar and thereby bacteria can help reduce the risk of bacteria spreading.
  • Preventing Bone Loss:
    The immune system’s inflammatory response prompted by periodontal bacteria can lead to bone loss in the jaw region, and cause teeth to fall out. Osseous surgery seeks to stop periodontal disease before it progresses to this level.
  • Enhancing the Smile:
    Mouths plagued with periodontal disease are often unsightly. Brown gums, rotting teeth, and ridge indentations can leave a person feeling depressed and too self-conscious to smile. Fortunately, osseous surgery can help reduce bacteria and disease and thereby restore your mouth to its former radiance, while restoring confidence at the same time.
  • Facilitating Home Care:
    As the gum pocket deepens, it can become nearly impossible to brush and floss adequately. Osseous surgery reduces pocket size, making it easier to brush and floss, and thereby prevent further periodontal disease.

What does the procedure entail?

A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery. First, Dr. Eisin will cut around each tooth of the affected area to release the gum tissue from the bone. This allows access to the bone and roots of the teeth. After the roots have been thoroughly cleaned through scaling, a drill and hand tools will be used to reshape the bone around the teeth. Bone is removed in some areas to restore the normal rise and fall of the bone, but at a lower level. Bone grafting may also be necessary to fill in large defects.

Next, the gums will be placed back over the remaining bone and suture them in place. The site will also be covered with a bandage (periodontal pack) or dressing. Pain medicine and mouth rinses containing chlorhexidine are generally prescribed following the surgery.

Do not be alarmed if bleeding and swelling occur after the surgery. This can be controlled easily by placing an ice pack on the outside of the affected area. In cases where the bleeding and swelling is in excess, it is advised that you call to notify our office. Several follow up visits may be necessary and you must fulfill a meticulous maintenance program especially during the initial phases of healing to avoid post-operative infection.

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5 out of 5 stars based on 14 Osseous Surgery reviews

Patient Review by Carol B

This office delivers high quality dental care. Your concerns/questions/worries will addressed in a timely, professional & confidential manner. The staff will feel like friends after your first visit. You will not be disappointed.

- Carol B

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Patient Review by Erin T

Dr. Eisen and her staff are wonderful. My son had a consultation with her and she was extremely thorough and made my son feel very comfortable. She is very attentive to detail and explained the entire process so there were no questions when we left. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend this office!

- Erin T

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Patient Review by Pamela I

This dental chicken does not lose sleep any more. Look forward to my visits. Dental Hygene is really great.

- Pamela I

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Patient Review by Sarah Y

I was quite nervous about my appointment for an extraction and graft. I read the reviews and bios and researched heavily before making a choice for a Periodontist in the area. Dr. E is also a veteran and that was part of my deciding factor along with her other credentials. The front office team was fabulous organizing insurance, payment and working me in. Dr. and assistant were kind and took time to explain each step of my procedure. I was kept very comfortable throughout. I'm not needle phobic--just pain/surprise phobic--I have anxiety and a vivid imagination! So they kept me nice and numb and talked through each change of tool, its sound, etc. I was never in pain during the procedure and post procedure, with only OTC pain medication, I am in zero pain due in large part I believe to the methods Dr. E utilizes compared to experiences other friends have had with similar with other Drs. This was by far the most serious dental procedure I've ever had--but it was the best dental experience I've had. I even got a follow up call when the office was closed by the Dr. 10/10 recommend Dr. E and team for your perio needs. Thank you team!

- Sarah Y

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Patient Review by Robert B

This staff is at the top of the ratings. Friendly, professional and almost painless.

- Robert B

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Patient Review by Torney H

If you are a person who is ashamed of your smile or oral health, if you hate going in for dental work, or fear being judged, Dr. Eisin is the person to see. You too will be amazed at her skills, her amazing heart, her incredible team! This is where embarrassing smiles are made beautiful and bright. Truly transforming.

- Torney H

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Patient Review by Pam W

From the first appointment for exam and overview, to the first perio hygiene cleaning, I was put at easy and procedures were easy and painless. The office works so well together. Very pleased

- Pam W

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Patient Review by Doha O

outstanding care & performance ...! I'm so blessed to be your patient !

- Doha O

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Patient Review by Kennedy K

This was my first visit and am grateful Dr. Eisin the team are professional and wonderful people. God bless you.

- Kennedy K

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Patient Review by Megan D

The entire staff at Eisin Periodontics could not have been more kind and welcoming or eased my worries any better. From my conversation to schedule an appointment to the comprehensive exam, I was made to feel completely at ease. I have never had a practitioner take as much time to answer my questions and explain every step of the exam as Dr. Eisin did. I'd highly recommend this practice to anyone, especially if you suffer from dental anxiety. Each staff member and Dr. Eisin were compassionate and non-judgmental. I wish more practices were like this.

- Megan D

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Patient Review by Seely R

Compassionate, professional, kind. Highly recommend dr eisin and her team. I had surgery there today.

- Seely R

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Patient Review by Doha O

The best of the best!!!!!!!!!

- Doha O

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Patient Review by Kortrez K

As an nurse I know what is required for patient bedside manner and profession matters. This practice is the textbook definition of both. I can highly recommend this practice and the Dr. 10 star review from this happy fellow.

- Kortrez K

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Patient Review by Pbhs T

I love this practice!

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