Osseous Surgery in New York City, NY
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What is Osseous Surgery?
Osseous surgery, also known as gum surgery, is done for both restorative and cosmetic dental problems. Often gum surgery is performed as a treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. This occurs when plaque and bacteria get trapped in the pockets under the gumline. The buildup may lead to toxins that may affect your gums, teeth, jawbone, and ligaments. Depending on how advanced your condition is, there are two types of gum surgery performed at East Village Dental Center for treating periodontitis — gingival flap surgery and gingivectomy. Our team of dental surgeons offers these gum surgeries to eradicate gum disease in its advanced stages and help restore your smile. For more information, contact our New York, NY office to schedule a consultation.
Do I Need Gum Surgery?
A candidate for surgery on the gums would be an individual diagnosed with advanced gum disease that may no longer be fully treated with a nonsurgical scaling and root planing procedure. Generally at this stage, the condition has begun to affect the tooth roots and could even be infecting your facial bones and ligaments. You may have visibly swollen gums that are causing pain, loose teeth, or pus on your teeth and gums. Your gums may be overgrown (creating a "gummy" smile) or receding so too much enamel is showing.
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What Happens During Gum Surgery?
During your osseous surgery, we will make small incisions on your gums so we can remove decay, plaque, and tartar from your gum pockets. In some cases, we may reshape the bone that is anchoring your teeth or perform a bone graft or something else in order to correct lost bone volume. From there, we'll suture your gums and put a dressing over them to help them heal.
What is Recovering from Osseous Surgery Like?
After your surgery, you might have pain or inflammation. This is normal, and we will help you understand the best ways to manage your pain and help your gums heal at home. We may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication to help after your surgery. Some common suggestions we give our patients when healing from gum surgery include:
- Eat a soft-food diet (mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies)
- Ease pain with an ice pack
- Use salt water to rinse your mouth
- Don't brush areas where surgery was performed
- Don't smoke
After your gums have healed, it is important that you continue to maintain an effective oral hygiene regimen to avoid future infections with daily flossing and brushing. Bi-annual dental cleanings at our New York City office will help remove tartar and plaque that accumulate on your enamel and stop gum disease from reoccurring. At your annual dental examination, we will analyze your mouth to ensure your gums have properly healed and the problem has been fully treated.
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Is Gum Surgery Covered Under Insurance?
Gum surgery is typically deemed medically necessary, so at least a part of the cost will probably be paid by your insurance provider. Prior to your procedure, our office will talk to your insurance company to calculate any personal costs. To make your treatment easy to afford, East Village Dental Center accepts many payment methods, including medical financing.
Promote a Healthy Mouth with Gum Surgery
Periodontal (gum) disease needs to be treated since it can cause bigger problems like tooth loss, heart disease, and diabetes. Surgery on the gums at East Village Dental Center is usually a good option to correct severe gum disease and improve your smile. To learn more about osseous surgery (gum surgery), contact our office in New York, NY to request a consultation.