Pre-prosthetic surgery refers to the preparation a patient goes through as they prepare their mouth for prosthesis (denture) placement. Some patients may require surgical procedures before receiving partial or complete dentures, which helps ensure maximum comfort and functionality. Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center offers pre-prosthetic surgery to our patients to alleviate chewing, speaking, and overall functionality problems missing teeth can create.
A denture is meant to sit on the bone ridge, so the success of denture placement is dependent on this bone. It’s important that the bone is the proper shape and size. If a tooth requires extraction, underlying tissue and structures could be sharp and uneven, needing to be smoothed-out or reshaped. Every so often, some amount of bone removal is required.
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
We will review your particular needs with you during your initial consultation.
The Point of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Pre-prosthetic surgery creates proper supporting structures for denture construction. The aim is to provide rehabilitation and the highest restoration of masticatory function possible. This helps achieve previous aesthetics. The longer a patient wears dentures, the more adverse changes manifest themselves in denture-bearing areas.
Dental prosthetics have made tremendous strides over the past several decades. We use more effective materials, improved processing technique accuracy, and we have a much better understanding of oral physiology. Our prosthetic appliances have a tremendous success rate in edentulous patients due to skillful pre-prosthetic surgeries.
A Wide Variety of Life-Altering Treatments
Of course, our patients are never limited in their choices of treatment. It’s reassuring to know that there are long lasting, more sustainable options for replacing multiple missing teeth than partial dentures, full mouth dentures, and bridges. Dental implants have rendered old-fashioned conventional dentures, partial dentures, and in most cases, bridges obsolete.
The good news is that, in this day and age, extensive bone reduction is usually not required to prepare the bone ridge for dental implant surgery. Dental implants actually require preservation and conservation of as much bone as possible for stability. We can improve your overall chewing and speaking, aesthetics, and self-confidence, just with one simple surgical procedure.
Whether you’re seeking pre-prosthetic surgery or dental implants, Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center can give you the advanced treatment you need. Contact our office today to learn more.