Gum Surgery Specialist

East Village Dental Center

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in East Village, New York, NY

Osseous surgery, or gum surgery, is a procedure that cleans pockets of deep decay that accumulate between your teeth and gums. The expert dentists at 286 Madison Dental in Midtown Manhattan perform gum surgery on-site to remove built-up tartar and bacteria and restore your oral health. Book your appointment with online scheduling or call the New York City office.

Gum Surgery Q & A

What is gum surgery?

Osseous surgery, also referred to gum surgery, is an in-office treatment for severe periodontal (gum) disease. The 286 Madison Dental specialists perform gum surgery in the office. 

The goal of gum surgery is to significantly reduce the deposits of bacteria and decay that grow in between your teeth and gums. Additionally, gum surgery improves the support system for your teeth by resurfacing the bone beneath them.

Advanced-stage periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, requiring tooth replacements like dentures or dental implants. Gum surgery at 286 Madison Dental can minimize the risk of tooth loss and help you achieve optimal oral health for the long-term.

What is the gum surgery process like?

You’ll receive local anesthesia, which may range from topical numbing cream to anesthetic injections depending on the severity of the damage. To start the procedure, your dental surgeon creates small gum incisions to access and remove deep pockets of decay, including plaque and tartar. 

Your surgeon reshapes and smooths the bone anchoring the teeth. If necessary, your surgeon can perform a regenerative medicine procedure like a bone graft to restore lost bone volume at that time. 

Then, your dental surgeon replaces your gums and places tiny sutures to hold them securely in place. Your surgeon may place special dressings over your gums to complete the surgery.

When would I need gum surgery?

If you have chronic periodontitis — a severe form of periodontal disease — the first course of treatment is scaling and root planing, a deep dental cleaning. But, if that treatment isn’t successful, you may need gum surgery to prevent the periodontitis from progressing.

What can I expect after gum surgery?

Recovery from gum surgery can vary, but in general, most people need only a day or two of downtime. 

General guidelines for healing include:

  • Eating a soft diet
  • Taking prescribed medications
  • Using an ice pack externally for pain
  • Rinsing your mouth gently with salt water
  • Avoiding brushing the surgical area
  • Avoiding smoking

Your dentist explains specific guidelines to follow after your gum surgery. Close adherence can ensure the smoothest and fastest recovery. 

At 286 Madison Dental, you’ll find comprehensive dentistry in one convenient office. Call the office or click on the online appointment scheduler to arrange your visit.