The bone in the jaw that envelops toot roots is known as the alveolar ridge. When pulling a tooth, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone. Typically, this empty socket eventually heals on its own—but sometimes, this is not the case. When the tooth socket breaks, it loses the ability to heal on its own, and the height and width of the socket will continue to deteriorate.
At Beyond Dentistry Clearwater, Dr. Hiba Alqasemi and Dr. Ziad Adham can perform alveoloplasty immediately after dental extraction to recreate the natural contour of the jaw and gums—which might’ve been lost from oral surgery, tooth loss, or another reason.
What is an alveoloplasty?
Alveoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct deformities or abnormalities of the alveolar bones, which are the bones that support the teeth. It is also sometimes called alveolar surgery or “bone ridge smoothing.” After tooth extraction, there may be a sharp ridge of bone near the now-empty socket. In alveoloplasty, this bone ridge is smoothed out using special tools and bone grafting material.
When is dental alveoloplasty recommended?
Depending on the situation, alveoloplasty surgery can be done alongside an extraction or as a separate procedure. For instance, this procedure helps prepare the area for a tooth replacement appliance, such as a:
Our Alveoloplasty Process: What to Expect
Alveoloplasty can be a great way to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence. Alveoloplasty is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can go home the same day—but expect at least two appointments for oral surgery.
- Initial consultation: First, Dr. Alqasemi or Dr. Adham will closely examine your mouth, take digital x-rays, and diagnose your condition to determine if an alveoloplasty is suitable for your individualized plan.
- Prep, numbing, and sedation: Alveoloplasty is a relatively straightforward oral surgery. Our dentists can perform these procedures with local anesthesia and sedation, and you shouldn’t feel discomfort throughout the process.
- Performing oral surgery: Alveoloplasty is accomplished by placing bone graft material in the tooth socket. Often, an alveoloplasty is performed immediately after a tooth extraction to rebuild the surgical site. Then, the gum tissue is placed over the empty socket and fastened with stitches.
- Healing and Recovery: For alveoloplasty with extractions, recovery time is typically short. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days. Once the socket has been repaired, the alveolar ridge is ready for a dental implant or restoration placement.
Have Questions about Alveoloplasty Surgery in Clearwater, FL?
Check out these frequently asked questions regarding alveoloplasty surgery in Indian Shores, FL, Clearwater, or surrounding areas, or call us at (727) 304-3156 to speak with our team.
Total alveoloplasty costs reflect the materials used and preliminary surgeries needed beforehand. If you are considering alveoloplasty, discuss all your options with our Beyond Dentistry Clearwater team. They will be able to help you decide if this surgery is right for you and answer any questions you may have regarding financing and insurance coverage.
The surgery usually takes less than an hour. Still, Dr. Alqasemi and Dr. Adham will give you an estimated treatment time at your initial alveoloplasty dental consultation at our Clearwater, FL facility.
To start things off, we’ll perform a complete cleaning of your teeth and gums, using special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up along the gumline. Essential aspects of your cleaning will include thorough flossing between your teeth in all those hard-to-reach places, and scraping off plaque that has accumulated along the gum line. To finish the cleaning process, we’ll polish your teeth, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to smile.
Any Necessary X-Rays
If you’re new to the office or haven’t had dental x-rays in a while, your Clearwater dentist may recommend that you take some during your preventive care appointment. Dental x-rays let us see what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile, giving us the ability to find issues that may not be visible otherwise. With x-rays, we’re able to make more accurate diagnoses and create more effective and efficient treatment plans.
Your dentist will review your x-rays and then take a thorough look at your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If we spot any issues, we’ll take the time to educate you on our findings, so you can keep your dental health on the right track. We make it our goal to keep you educated about your oral well-being, so you can make the right decisions for your smile.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Using the information we’ve gathered with your exam and x-rays, we’ll work together with you to craft a treatment plan customized for your unique oral health needs, budget, and lifestyle. If everything looks good, we’ll simply schedule your next routine cleaning and checkup.
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Our Clearwater team is here for you! No matter what kind of treatment you schedule, our team is standing by to answer any questions you may have about insurance, financing, or anything else. We’ll do everything possible to make sure your every visit is straightforward and stress-free.
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