The shape and surface of our jawbone are as unique as a fingerprint. Its structure is a product of our genes, early nutrition, and oral health. In some cases, our jawbones need work to make them stronger for dental restoration, usually in the form of an alveoloplasty.
At Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, Dr. Redlinger and canease all your concerns regarding an alveoloplasty and prepare you for your procedure accordingly.
What Is Alveoloplasty?
An alveoloplasty is a surgical procedure in which we reshape your jawbone to create a smooth surface. The procedure’s name comes from the alveolar bone. The purpose of the procedure is to provide a smooth, wide, and even surface for future oral procedures.
When Is Alveoloplasty Necessary?
Most patients don’t need an alveoloplasty procedure in their lifetime. However, it may be necessary for denture candidates to ensure the snug fits on their gums. Secondly, many tooth extraction procedures can cause jawbone damage, which can cause healing problems. These procedures help with the bone repair at the tooth extraction site by closing the gap.
Lastly, as we age, our bones begin to thin, possibly due to poor nutrition. An alveoloplasty procedure works to provide a wide surface to set dentures in place.
Side Effects And Risks Of Alveoloplasty
Most surgical procedures involve potential side effects and risks. The oral surgery side effect you need to look out for is infection. While we will take all possible precautions during the procedure, you must keep your mouth clean at all times. Secondly, chewing on hard foods after the procedure can rip open stitches.
Lastly, the most serious side effect of this procedure is excessive bleeding. Normally, your wound may bleed for up to 24 hours but should stop after that. The primary reason behind this is medication, particularly blood thinners like aspirin.