Osseous Surgery or Pocket Reduction Surgery in San Diego
Osseous surgery or pocket reduction therapy is performed when persistent periodontal pockets remain. These pockets contain bacterial plaque and tartar which places your gum tissue at risk for chronic infection and may lead to bone destruction and deepening of pockets.
Pocket reduction therapy, which includes scaling and root planning, laser periodontal therapy, and osseous surgery, will reduce the risk of your periodontal disease progression. Osseous surgery involves folding the gum tissue back and removing the disease-causing bacteria before securing the tissue into place. In some cases smoothing the irregular surfaces of the damaged bone may be necessary to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide and allow the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone. The procedure results in decreased probing depths of your periodontal pockets, allowing for better access to the tooth and root surfaces so that they may be cleaned more easily. As your periodontal health improves, any loose teeth will become more firmly anchored in your gums.
To determine whether osseous surgery is the right treatment for you, please call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kwok.