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What is a Tuberosity Reduction?

Posted on 2/25/2017 by Dr. Michael Allard
A man suffering from a missing tooth.
A tuberosity is a large, bony protrusion on your upper jaw. It is located at the very back of your jaw, at your last molar, and is covered by your gums. Under normal circumstances, a tuberosity might not be a huge issue.

However, there are certain circumstances, where it presents a problem, and therefore needs to be dealt with. When this happens, a tuberosity reduction is performed to minimize it.

Why Have a Tuberosity Reduction?

If you have experienced tooth loss and require dentures, a tuberosity can pose a problem. It can prevent your dentures from fitting properly, as the protrusion hangs down from the rest of your jaw. This protrusion prevents the seal necessary to hold your dentures in place.

While dentures are becoming a more archaic procedure, in favor of dental implants, tuberosity reductions may still be necessary. This is because the protrusion may affect the way your teeth and jaw join together.

How is it Done?
A tuberosity reduction is a surgical procedure. You will receive an anesthetic so that you don't feel any pain. After it takes effect, the excess gum tissue will be cut away. You may also have some excess bone removed as well. When finished, the wound will be stitched closed.

Are There Any Risks Involved?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved, although they are rare. There is a risk of severe bleeding. Due to the proximity of the tuberosity to the sinus cavity, it is possible for the surgeon to enter into the cavity.

However, if this happens, repairs can be made immediately. Other risks come after the procedure while you are at home recovering, and you should call your dentist right away should you notice:

•  A fever. This can be a sign of an infection.
•  Extreme swelling.
•  Issues breathing.
•  Your stitches come loose.

A tuberosity reduction surgery is not as common as it used to be, but it still offers benefits. Please contact our office will help you to decide if it is right for you.

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