Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis 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 when wearing a prosthesis. As a denture is supported by sitting on the bone ridge, it is very important that the bone is the proper shape and size. If a tooth needs to be extracted, the underlying bone may be sharp and uneven. To permit the best fit of a denture, the bone may need to be smoothed or reshaped. Occasionally, excess bone may need to be removed and/or recontoured prior to denture insertion.

One or more of the following procedures may 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

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