Pre-prosthetic surgery is surgery that will prepare your mouth so that you may be able to have dentures, partials, and/or some other prosthesis fabricated and placed comfortably in your mouth.
The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis (denture or bridge) is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery.
Some patients require minor oral surgical procedures before receiving a partial or complete denture, in order 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 procedures might need to be performed in order 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
Dr. Jordan will review your case individually with you so you understand the risks, benefits, and alternative treatments.