In areas where you have suffered bone loss or are missing teeth, your jaw bone may become uneven and make it difficult to be fitted for prosthetics like dentures or partials. In this case, an Alveoloplasty is a wonderful procedure that smooths and shapes the alveolar ridge.
What is an Alveoloplasty?
An Alveoloplasty is a type of surgical procedure where the alveolar ridge, or jawbone, is smoothed out and reshaped to make it more even with the rest of your teeth. This usually occurs in areas where teeth have been extracted or lost. This makes it easier for you to be fitted for prosthetic pieces like dentures, implants, partials and bridge work. Many people who have missing teeth and who have had this missing dentition for a long time often need to have an Alveoloplasty done. During an Alveoloplasty, you will be given anesthesia to numb the bone and overlying gum tissue where the Alveoloplasty will be performed. Next, the dentist will expose the underlying bone that needs to be smoothed and adjusted. The bone will then be recontoured and smoothed to the desired shape. Once the procedure is over the dentist will cleanse the area with a saline solution, and the gums are closed and sutured.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure?
A comprehensive exam as well as series of x-rays will help to determine if you will benefit from having an Alveoloplasty done. The procedure is done quickly and conveniently right in the office, allowing you to go home the same day with minimal heal time. Some of the best candidates for the procedure include:
- Patients who have suffered tooth loss
- Patients who have had problems with being fitted for dentures and partials
- Patients who want a quick, effective way to smooth their jaw bone
If you want to inquire more about an Alveoloplasty, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you!