What is an alveolectomy?

An alveolectomy is a surgical procedure to remove some of the bone surrounding a tooth, called alveolar bone. Its aim is to change the shape of the jawbone to prepare it for the placement of prostheses in the future. The alveolectomy also helps to prepare the jaw bone for dentures, and to even remove wisdom teeth or alveolar bone that protrudes too high.

When tooth extractions are performed, there is sharp bone remaining underneath which prevents the placements of dentures. An alveolectomy is used to smoothen and shape the bone to provide a stable foundation for the denture later on.

 

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