When teeth are lost due to injury or extraction, a gap is left in the jawbone. While the gums will heal and cover the gap, the jawbone usually has high and low points that cause restorations, such as dentures, to rub painfully against the higher ridges.
Alveoplasty is a surgical procedure that smooths the jawbone to prepare for dentures. In addition to creating a surface for a denture to fit comfortably, alveoplasty helps control bleeding and speed healing because the gums are sutured after the procedure.
To expedite healing and prevent infection, we may also use Arestin® time-released antibiotic therapy.