An alveoplasty is a type of surgery that smooths the jawbone. This procedure is done in areas where teeth have been removed or lost. Alveoplasty can be done alone, but is usually done at the same time that teeth are extracted. We perform this procedure in each of our Philadelphia, PA area offices and offer anesthetic options for patients who suffer from dental phobia.
At Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, we recommend this procedure to our patients who have recently had several teeth extracted. When you have a tooth removed, there is a hole left in the jawbone. An alveoplasty allows the gums to be stitched closed over the hole. When your dentist at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania removes a tooth, he or she leaves an open socket that fills with a blood clot.
After the gums have healed, there are often high and low points in the bone that can make it difficult to fit a denture or implant properly. We use this procedure to smooth lumps in the jawbone or to flatten or taper the jaw's ridge. Besides smoothing the jawbone, alveoplasty also speeds healing after multiple teeth are extracted.
If you are thinking about getting an alveoplasty and have questions about procedures that must be performed for you, do call us directly at 215-463-4141.