Traditionally, gum disease is treated by eliminating the gum pockets. During osseous surgery , the infected gum tissue is trimmed away and uneven bone tissue re-contoured. Areas with deep pocketing may required bone grafting and/or other regeneration procedures to repair defects or regrow bone.
Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and to maintain a healthy smile. Eliminating bacteria alone may not be sufficient to prevent disease recurrence.
Although osseous surgery is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures may be utilized in your treatment. Our office routinely uses the Millenium Dental Periolase (LANAP) for surgical therapy.
Both procedures are effective in treating or eliminating pockets. However, many patients prefer Laser therapy because it is less invasive requiring no cutting or sutures, and it creates an environment which allows the bone to regenerate over time. Patients often return to work the same day following laser therapy.
Either treatment method may be recommended in your particular case. Benefits of treatment and possible consequences of delaying treatment will be discussed so you can make the best decision possible.