Told Alveoplasty is necessary after extractions in preparation for immediate dentures. Any info or advice?

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I am a 38 year old female and due to heath issues I will be going in on Jan 18/16 to have all remaining upper teeth removed (only missing one), in preparation for immediate dentures. I had all appointments set up, then got a call yesterday saying that Alveoplasty would be necessary in 3 spots of my jaw where the teeth have been extracted from. I have degenerative joint disease in my tmj and have had a few surguries done on my jaw. I am already filled with anxiety about getting the dentures done, the thought of letting my regular dentist perform this procedure absolutely terrifies me! I also don't know if it's necessary or not as nothing was mentioned before now and when I read about other peoples denture experiences, no one mentions it. I know everyone is different but I'm wondering if anyone has any insight, or has had this procedure done. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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i had it done on 1 spot of my gum.its like a bone spur pushing out the gum. they just lay the gum open and then grind down the bone so its smooth and the dentures will fit a lot better. makes sense and its not that bad actullay i dont remember hardly any soreness at all.proabably shouldnt be done tho until after all the swelling is gone down after the extractions.
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I thought the same thing after reading about it, that it makes more sense for it to be done after swelling has gone down, if it's needed. No x-rays, or impressions have been done as of yet, so how will they know I'll have issues? I'm waiting to hear what the denture clinic suggests, it was my regular dentist who told me it is absolutely necessary. Thanks for sharing your experience :)
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I have 4 spots that are exactly what you described. I never knew what they were called though.

I'll be getting mine after the first of the year when my insurance resets!
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I just had mine done about 7 days ago. I had three spots where Alveoplasty was needed. My husband was in the room and said the dentist just used a pair of really sharp scissors to cut the three pieces of bone off. Thankfully, due to 5 full needles of freezing, plus laughing gas, I didn't feel a thing. Good luck, Alicia, I hope everything goes well for you!