Osseous surgery, also known as pocket reduction surgery, is a procedure recommended when your gum tissue has pulled away from your teeth to create “pockets” between the teeth and gums. It is designed to smooth and reshape bone tissue damaged by periodontal disease and make your periodontal pockets shallower so that harmful bacteria cannot colonize and accumulate in the area.

When you receive osseous surgery, Dr. Smith will first numb the area. We will then lift your gum tissue away from your teeth and supporting bone structure in order to thoroughly clean the root surface and smooth out the area. By smoothing the bone beneath your gums, Dr. Smith can create a better surface for encouraging healthy tissue to regenerate in the area.

After cleaning and smoothing the tooth roots and bone, the gum tissue will sutured into place while it heals. If you have lost bone or gum tissue, we may also perform a bone graft or guided tissue regeneration procedure to encourage the healing and tissue regeneration process.

If you have any questions about osseous surgery in Merced, California, and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Smith, please call our office today.