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Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction

Posted on 10/20/2018 by Dr McMurray
Understanding a Tuberosity ReductionIf you have learned that you need a tuberosity reduction, you might very well be wondering why you need it (and what it is, anyway). In our practice, we find that many patients are completely unaware of the tuberosity, and the issues it can cause.

What is a Tuberosity?

Take your tongue and put it behind the last molar on either side of your upper jaw. Do you feel that protrusion behind it? That lump of bone (covered by gum tissue) is called a tuberosity. With the majority of the population, the tuberosity is completely harmless and will not need to be reduced. However, in certain instances, you may need a tuberosity reduction.

Why Would You Have a Tuberosity Reduction?

Usually, you would need to consider a tuberosity reduction if you are getting dentures. The way that dentures fit into your mouth requires that they make a tight seal against the roof of your mouth (your palate).

If your tuberosity is too large, it can prevent a proper seal, making the wearing of dentures difficult. In such a case, you would need a reduction.

How Does a Tuberosity Reduction Work?

We will take an x-ray of your jaw in order to understand exactly where the bone is in relation to your sinus cavity. Then we will numb the area and make a small incision, grind down the bone, and then suture your gum tissue back together.

Although this sounds like it may be very traumatic, keep in mind that you will be numbed or even sedated while it takes place. This means that you won't feel a thing.

After the procedure, be sure to follow the instructions we give you regarding proper aftercare. This will help ensure that you heal quickly and without complication. In 7-10 days, you'll be completely healed and ready to get your dentures.
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