Get Your Jawbone Ready for Dental Implants With Alveoplasty

If you require restorative dental surgery, you want to prepare as much as possible. Dental work can be hard on your jaw, and an alveoplasty can ensure that you have the best possible chance of a successful recovery. Having an alveoplasty can also ensure that future dental work is more durable and effective. 

At Sacred Dental & Associates in Stockbridge and Conyers, Georgia, Dr. Agatha Nwizu and her team make sure every procedure is as comfortable and easy as possible, including surgeries like alveoplasty and implants. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, and an alveoplasty performed by an experienced professional helps get your jawbone ready.

What is an alveoplasty? 

When you lose teeth or they’re extracted, your jawbone can become uneven due to the empty sockets. Smoothing your jawbone improves alignment and allows implants to sit nicely in your jaw, which helps them stay in place. 

An alveoplasty refers to the act of contouring your jawbone. This is usually done by smoothing it down surgically. Once the alveoplasty is complete, further dental work (like implants or dentures) can be done. 

How an alveoplasty is performed

Our team uses a local anesthesia during the procedure, which we perform in our office. Once the area is numb and you’re comfortable, our dental surgeon cuts your gum to expose your jawbone and then sands it down using special dental tools. These tools are extremely refined, and your dentist only removes what bone is necessary. Depending on how many teeth you've lost, this amount varies. 

After the procedure is complete, your gums are cleaned and sutured. Once the incision from the alveoplasty heals, you can continue with your restorative dental plan. Having an alveoplasty reduces pain and problems later on in the process, so it's a necessary part of preparing for dental implants.

Getting your alveoplasty

It’s common to experience some discomfort and pain following your surgery. Take some time off work, rest as much as possible, and avoid eating hard foods. You might be given saline solution to rinse with and possibly antibiotics. These keep your mouth clean and reduce the chances of infection. 

Your dentist may also recommend painkillers to make sure you're comfortable during the healing process. While it might be somewhat unpleasant, taking painkillers and keeping your stitches clean can ensure an easy recovery.

If you want to learn more about the alveoplasty process or determine if oral surgery is necessary for you, a consultation can help you get a better understanding of the procedure. You can reach Dr. Nwizu and her team by booking online here or contacting one of the Sacred Dental locations via phone.

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