Alveoloplasty is a dental surgical procedure that involves reshaping and smoothing the jawbone's alveolar ridge, the bony ridge supporting the teeth. At First Smile Family Dental, the alveoloplasty procedure is typically performed after tooth extraction or as part of the preparation for denture placement. The primary goal of alveoloplasty is to create a smooth and adequately contoured alveolar ridge. This is done to improve the fit and stability of dentures, partial dentures, or other dental prosthetics. Alveoloplasty helps create an ideal foundation for the prosthetic appliance, enhancing comfort and function.
The Procedure for Alveoloplasty
Alveoloplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. The dentist or oral surgeon will make incisions in the gum tissue to access the underlying alveolar ridge if necessary. The bony ridge is reshaped using surgical instruments, such as drills or burs. The dentist carefully removes any irregularities or sharp edges and shapes the bone to create a smooth and even contour.
After reshaping, the bone surface is carefully smoothed to eliminate rough or uneven areas. This helps prevent discomfort or irritation to the gum tissue and aids in properly fitting dental prosthetics. Once the desired reshaping and smoothing are achieved, the incisions in the gum tissue are sutured closed, and the healing process begins.
Following alveoloplasty, the gum tissue and bone need time to heal. It is normal to experience some swelling, discomfort, or mild bleeding after the procedure. The dentist or oral surgeon will provide instructions on post-operative care, including pain management, oral hygiene practices, and dietary restrictions during the healing period. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor the healing progress and remove sutures.
The Benefits of Alveoloplasty
Improved Denture Fit
Alveoloplasty helps create a better-fitting surface for dentures or other dental prosthetics by reshaping and smoothing the alveolar ridge. This improves stability, reduces the risk of slippage, and enhances overall comfort during eating and speaking.
Alveoloplasty can contribute to a more aesthetically pleasing appearance by creating a smooth, natural-looking alveolar ridge contour.
Improved Oral Health
An adequately contoured alveolar ridge can facilitate better oral hygiene practices, as there are no irregularities or difficult-to-reach areas where food particles or bacteria can accumulate.
Eliminating sharp edges, uneven surfaces, or irregularities in the alveolar ridge achieved through alveoloplasty can significantly improve comfort. Smoothing the bone surface reduces the likelihood of irritation or discomfort caused by rough areas rubbing against the gums or dentures.
Alveoloplasty is a foundation for dental prosthetics, such as dentures or partial dentures. It's recommended to consult our qualified dentist, who can evaluate your oral health needs and determine if alveoloplasty benefits you. Visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323 to schedule an appointment. They can provide personalized recommendations based on your circumstances.