Do you have a round, bony lump in your upper jaw right behind your last molar that is bothering you? It is likely covered by the gums, and if
you have all of your teeth, it probably isn’t something that you even notice.
However, if your upper teeth have been lost and you need dentures, a tuberosity could hang down below the rest of your top jaw, making it hard for your dentures to fit into place correctly. When a tuberosity is on the large side, it can prevent your dentures from sealing to your gums, and in these situations, you’ll likely need a tuberosity reduction.
What Happens during Tuberosity Reductions?
Tuberosity reductions are becoming less common with the increasing popularity of dental implants, but they do still occur. During your procedure, you’ll be given local anesthesia so that the area is numbed, and you may also be given IV sedation.
Next, an oral surgeon will cut away excess gum tissue, and depending on the situation, a portion of the bone underneath may need to be removed. Once completed, the area is closed and stitched shut, and the entire process will only take about an hour.
What Happens after the Procedure?
After a tuberosity reduction, you’ll be sent home to recover. Some people are given a temporary denture known as an immediate denture to wear for weeks or even months until it is time to put your permanent dentures into place.
Your stitches will come out in 7-10 days, and until that time you will need to keep the area clean. Medications like Tylenol and ibuprofen can help with any pain and discomfort you might be feeling, and they can also help to keep swelling down.
If you think that you might have a tuberosity, or if your dentures don’t seem to be fitting correctly anymore, contact us for guidance.