Tuberosity is a funny word for a small bone growth often found behind the molars of the upper teeth. This small bone doesn't typically break through the gum, but sometimes they can be quite large and cause a lot of pressure on your gums. Tuberosities often form in people who have lost their teeth on their upper jaw. The complication with them comes in when a person wears dentures. Since dentures are designed to fit an individual's mouth very snugly, a tuberosity can make them fit improperly.
A tuberosity reduction is the process of reducing the size of a tuberosity so that a person who has an enlarged one can wear their dentures normally. However, tuberosity reduction is not limited to people with dentures. It can be used for people who suffer from daily pain because of their tuberosity. Often times, a tuberosity will grow large enough to hurt the gum it comes into contact with once the mouth is closed.
Understanding The Procedure
The procedure of getting a tuberosity reduction is simple. First, we will take x-rays of your mouth to see how far the tuberosity extends into the gum. This will give us a good idea of the work that will need to be done. From the x-rays, a mold will be taken of your jaw to make a model of your mouth. This model will be used during the procedure to make sure too much of your tissue and bone is not removed.
After the procedure is completed, we'll go over how to take care of your mouth while it heals. Once your mouth is fully healed you will be able to wear your dentures properly again. If you have more questions or are seeking to get your tuberosity reduced, give us a call. We can help you with the process of having your tuberosity reduced.
ORAL SURGERY SPECIALISTS OF AUSTIN
Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS