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Osseous surgery is performed to reduce a gum pocket of 4mm or more surrounding a tooth. This periodontal procedure ensures that no bacteria can infect the exposed tooth, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss. Osseous surgery is usually done when other treatments, such as crown lengthening or gum grafting, does not help a person’s gum disease.

During osseous surgery, the gums are sized down to match the newly cleaned tooth roots and reconstructed bone. At Woodland Hills Family Dentistry, we want our patients to enjoy a healthy smile even after oral surgery. Below is a quick list of post operation instructions for osseous surgery:

First 24 Hours

Immediately following surgery your gums will be tender and there may be some bleeding. Because we produce saliva, the mouth is naturally wet and this slows down the repair time for wounds that would usually clot and begin healing fast. You can use a gauze pad to help stop the bleeding.

After 24 Hours

Rinse your teeth with a salt-water solution (mix a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and warm water) to help keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria. You may experience swelling for the next 48-72 hours, so be extra-careful when brushing your teeth. If necessary, you can gently hold an ice pack to your face in 20-minute intervals.

Eating and Physical Activities

It is imperative to only eat foods that are soft after surgery. Your gums will be sensitive after the procedure so avoid foods such as chips and hard candy to limit your discomfort. It’s also important to stay hydrated and relaxed. Avoid engaging in any physical activity to make sure you don’t place stress on your gums.

Still have questions about dental care?

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Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday: By Appointment Only
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Woodland Hills Family Dentistry
22600 Ventura Blvd. Suite 203
Woodland Hills, CA 91364