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The Basics of a Tuberosity Reduction


Posted on 8/10/2020 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
The Basics of a Tuberosity ReductionThe tuberosity is when there is a large protrusion behind the last molar, in the upper jaw that is covered by the gums. The protrusion itself is commonly known as a tuberosity. Usually, this wouldn't cause an issue, however there may be a need for a tuberosity reduction in some cases.

When You Should Have Tuberosity Reduction


If you have no tooth loss and therefore a healthy set of teeth, tuberosity shouldn't cause an issue. If you suffer from tooth loss in the upper jaw, it may present a problem if the tuberosity hangs down. When this happens, it can potentially cause an issue for dentures being fitted and secured in place. A denture is kept in place when a seal is created with the jaw and palate, however, a tuberosity can sometimes stop this seal from forming. If you are about to undergo dental implantation, you may need a tuberosity reduction beforehand to make the process easier.

Tuberosity Reduction Process


When it's been decided that you need to have a tuberosity reduction, we need to know the position of your sinus cavity. In some cases, the tuberosity can extend into the sinus cavity and therefore some dental x-rays will need to be done.

Our team will then create a cast of your jaw, which will let us know how much bone and tissue will need to be removed during the procedure. We will use this cast to form a guide, by grinding down the areas of the tuberosity.

The guide that we create will then fit over the top of your teeth. During the tuberosity reduction procedure, we will continue to test the guide to ensure that we are removing enough bone and tissue. Overall, the procedure is relatively simple and can be done under local anesthetic.

After the procedure has been completed, you will not be able to eat or drink as you normally would. This may last for a few days and you may experience some swelling around the area. If you would like to discuss this procedure with one of our team, contact the office today.
The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields
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