Osseous Surgery

Infected Gum Tissue Treatment

Traditionally, gum disease is treated by eliminating the gum pockets. The infected gum tissue is trimmed away, and uneven bone tissue re-contoured.

Osseous surgery may be performed to treat gum disease.

If periodontal disease is not treated, the pockets become deeper, creating a larger space for bacteria to live.  As bacteria grows under the gum tissue, the deeper pockets collect even more bacteria, resulting in further bone and tissue loss.  Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.

During the osseous surgery procedure, Dr. Lawrence Goettisheim folds back the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria before securing the tissue into place.

In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone.