Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

Denture Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis (dentures) is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery.

Some patients require minor oral surgical procedures before receiving a partial or complete denture to ensure the maximum level of comfort.

A denture sits on the bone ridge, so it is very important that the bone is the proper shape and size. If a tooth needs to be extracted, the underlying bone might be left sharp and uneven. For the best fit of a denture, the bone might need to be smoothed out or reshaped. Occasionally, excess bone would need to be removed prior to denture insertion.

One or more of the following pre-prosthetic surgery procedures might need to be performed by our oral and maxillofacial surgeons to prepare your mouth for a denture:

  • Bone smoothing and reshaping
  • Removal of excess bone
  • Bone ridge reduction
  • Removal of excess gum tissue
  • Exposure of impacted teeth

The procedure to smooth and reshape the bone is called alveoloplasty. This will help prevent issues with the dentures including insertion, comfort, and stability.  When the jawbone isn't smooth, it can cause issues including irritation from the denture not fitting properly. Alveolplasty can also help facilitate the healing process. This procedure can be performed where multiple tooth extractions are needed or on its own without any extractions in preparation for dentures.

Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons will review your particular needs with you during your appointment. Every patient's needs are unique. Contact us today.

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