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Restore Gum Health After Periodontal Disease

The health of your gums can be severely compromised after gum disease, which is why many patients need to undergo gum flap surgery (osseous surgery). If other periodontal therapies, such as scaling and root planing, have not been successful, flap surgery may be necessary to reduce pocket depth and clear the area of any infection. This procedure is performed right in our office under local anesthesia and offers numerous benefits to the patient.

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How Gum Flap Surgery Is Performed

The treatment area is numbed with local anesthesia to reduce patient discomfort. Prestige Periodontal will make an incision in the gum tissue around the area to be treated and gently lift the gum tissue away to expose the bone. We use special tools to clean the area and then smooth out the bone of any rough surfaces. The gums are trimmed and reshaped before being stitched in place.

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Bone Grafting With Osseous Surgery

In some cases, a bone graft may be necessary to rebuild lost bone after gum disease. The grafting procedure is performed if there are any significant bone defects and can take place after the rough areas have been smoothed out. We typically perform a bone graft in conjunction with gum flap surgery to ensure optimal results.

Benefits of Osseous Surgery in Houston

In addition to reducing pocket depth, osseous surgery can make it easier to brush and floss without causing the gums to bleed. Once the pockets are cleared of plaque and tartar buildup and the gums reattach to the teeth, the gums will heal relatively quickly. We take the time to trim the gum tissue and reposition the gums to restore a healthy gum line during this procedure.

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