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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Necessity and cost of osseous surgery

12/10/2007

Question:

Recently had deep scale root cleaning and planing and now am being told I need osseous surgery and bone grafts. Cost seems over the topv (nearly $5,000). I am being told if I don`t do this step, then I risk having infection develop all over again. Should I gamble? I am a 63 year old female in good health.

Answer:

If the cleaning is done by a periodontist I don’t think you will develop infections. The risk is if you already have some mobility in your teeth, you may loose some of them. The bone graft that they propose is probably to reinforce the bone around the teeth that you still have. Remember that you can always have a second opinion by another periodontist. Keep doing your cleanings every four months and reinforce your cleaning habits. The hygienist should be able to help you with that.

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Response by:

Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University