Periodontal (gum) disease can progress to the point where it results in holes, called defects, in the bone tissue that surrounds a tooth. Osseous surgery may be performed to reshape the bone and eliminate the defects. This is a more invasive surgical procedure requiring Dr. Lanier to cut the gum away from the infected area(s).
After osseous surgery the teeth may appear longer in your mouth due to bone loss and the removal of a small amount of tissue (gum recession). This may result in some root sensitivity or food traps. If the sensitivity is a problem, it can be treated with applications of fluoride. Home care is extremely important after osseous surgery to prevent decay.