We're all familiar with dentures. However many people are unaware of the process which precedes their application. Before dentures can be properly fitted and worn, the original teeth must be removed, and the jaw bone undergoes a minor surgical procedure, called Alveoloplasty, to smooth the jawbone. Alveoloplasty helps dentures sit more comfortably on the gums.
If you've ever had a tooth pulled, you can probably feel some uneven spots surrounding the tooth's empty socket, although the edges are somewhat smoothed since they are covered by gum tissue. If you're a candidate for dentures, your dentist will have to extract all of your teeth. While the ridges left along the sockets are fine for the occasional tooth extraction, they can cause major problems down the road if dentures are made and fitted over them.
If you've worn dentures for a long time, you may have noticed that your jawbone has changed over time, forming a ridge that keeps your dentures from achieving a good fit. This is another situation where Alveoloplasty is used.
Alveoloplasty is usually done in the dentist's office. In most cases, only a local anesthetic is required, however your dentist may use sedation dentistry via an intravenous injection. If you are scared of dental work, make sure your dentist knows so that s/he can prepare the necessary accommodations to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Alveoloplasty is a straight forward procedure with an average recovery time of one week. Contact Panhandle Dental for more information regarding your dental health.