When periodontal disease progressed to an advanced state, osseous surgery can be needed. Osseous surgery is a procedure that reshapes the bone which holds your teeth in place. Osseous surgery commonly treats periodontitis. Patients with periodontitis experience defects in the bone around their teeth. The osseous surgery removes those defects. Prior to the surgery, the patient undergoes a periodontal treatment that consists of scaling and root planing. A local anesthetic is administered to minimize the pain. Once the roots are cleaned, the dentist reshapes the bone surrounding the teeth. Depending on the extent of the defects, the deformed bone is removed, and the rest is shaped. Bone grafting material is used where the defects are too large to be treated with only reshaping. Once the bones are back to their original state, the gums are stitched back into place. Osseous Grafting is a routine procedure, with a high success rate.
Meet Dr. Gluck: Dr. Joseph Gluck performs all periodontal services at Big City Dental. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 with a doctorate in dentistry, where he received the Student Periodontal Achievement award and the Oral Pathology award. His research in the Department of Oral Pathology has been published in the Journal of Dental Research. He received his specialty certificate in periodontics from the University of Illinois in 1991. In addition to his private practice, he is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois where he supervises students in the postgraduate periodontal clinic.