MAKING THE WORLD BETTER. ONE SMILE AT A TIME
The preparation of your gums and underlying alveolar bone 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, to ensure the maximum level of comfort. A denture is worn on the bone ridge of the upper and lower jaw, so it is very important that the bone is the proper shape and height. If teeth are extracted, the underlying bony sockets 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 placement.
One or more of the following procedures might need to be performed in order to prepare your mouth for a denture:
- Bone smoothing and recontouring
- Removal of excess bone
- Bone ridge reduction
- Removal of excess gum tissue
- Exposure of impacted teeth
- Deepening of the upper or lower sulci