Osseous Surgery New York City, NY
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What is osseous surgery?
When gum disease is present, the gap between your teeth and gums is amplified. The standard gum pocket is around 2 to 3 millimeters, but once the pocket reaches 5mm or deeper, the pockets are challenging to clean with a standard dental cleaning. Bacteria enter the pockets, wearing away at the gums and your bone. If enough bacteria enter, tooth extraction may be the only option.
Osseous surgery, otherwise known as pocket reduction surgery, is available to remove the disease-causing bacteria in your gum pockets. During the treatment, your gums get cut for easier access to the bacteria under the gumline. We will repair the area if you have bone damage so your gums can grow back. Schedule a consultation in our New York, NY office at 286 Madison Dental to learn if this treatment will benefit you.
Who is a good candidate for osseous surgery?
Red or swollen gums or gums that bleed when brushing your teeth can clearly indicate gum disease. If you are in the first stages of gum disease, we may be able to remove bacteria with scaling and root planing or antibiotics. However, if you have severe gum disease, osseous surgery might be good for you. A few signs of severe gum disease include:
- Consistent bad breath
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
- Tender or bloody gums
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad taste in the mouth that doesn't go away
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
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I went to see Dr. Shmuely for a second opinion over 5 years ago at his practice in midtown Manhattan and I have never looked back. I receive excellent care from Dr. Shmuely and have had several procedures performed at this office. Every procedure (tooth extraction/implant, crown, periodontal cleaning, osseous surgery, general tooth care) has been handled professionally and with care. The staff explained everything in advance and there is good follow up by both the doctors and the dental hygienist is amazing. Dr. Shmuely is a fantastic dentist and 286 Madison Dental in NYC is a terrific place to go to care for your teeth. You will not regret it!
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What is the osseous surgery process like?
Osseous surgery at 286 Madison Dental usually occurs over a period of two hours. We offer local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the process and minimize any discomfort. Our team is happy to discuss sedation options if you have severe dental phobias. During treatment, a small incision is made along the gumline, and the gums are folded back to reach the bacteria underneath. Once we remove the bacteria, we'll address any present bone damage by smoothing it down. When finished, the gums get sewn back, and we provide a periodontal dressing to assist with bleeding. It's fine to continue your routine a few days following surgery.
What is recovery like following osseous surgery?
Following treatment, you might experience side effects like gum recession, tooth sensitivity, bleeding, or on rare occasions, tooth loss. The current health of your gums determines if tooth loss is evident, and our team always does what we can to save a tooth or teeth. The following can aid with recovery:
- Regularly changing your gauze
- Not participating in physical activity
- Rinsing with saltwater after the first 24 hours
- Maintaining a soft food diet for at least three days
- Not using a straw (the sucking motion can open pockets)
- Using an ice pack to help with swelling
Please schedule a consultation with our New York City team to get your questions answered surrounding recovery.
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Does insurance cover osseous surgery?
Typically, osseous surgery is covered, at least partly, by dental insurance. Our team works with your insurance to figure out your benefits and any out-of-pocket costs before your appointment. In the case that you don’t carry dental insurance, our office takes multiple forms of payment. Our payment options make it easier for you to obtain the dental care you need.
Heal your gums with professional help
When your gum health is at risk, it can lead to jawbone damage and tooth loss. Put your periodontal health first on your priority list and schedule an appointment with our team at 286 Madison Dental in New York, NY. We're happy to help you regain your confidence by revitalizing your smile.