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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

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

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