Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis (artificial teeth) 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 soft tissues and bone ridge of the jaws 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. Likewise, high muscle attachments or scarring of soft tissues may need to be reshaped or require soft tissue grafts in order for the prosthesis to be stable and comfortable.

One or more of the following procedures may be required 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

    • Vestibuloplasty (alteration of muscular attachments)

    • Mucosal grafting (soft tissue grafts to increase areas of fixed and bound down tissue

       surrounding implants or prosthetic appliances)

We will review your particular needs with you during your appointment.