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What Is Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Dentist prepping for surgery at Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center in Livermore, CAPre-prosthetic surgery is an oral and maxillofacial surgery performed to prepare the mouth for a prosthetic device, such as dentures or implants. This surgery reshapes the jawbone, removes excess tissue, or creates space for the prosthetic.

Procedures Involved in Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

Pre-prosthetic surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can usually go home the same day as the surgery. The recovery time for pre-prosthetic surgery varies depending on the type of procedure performed. One or more of the following procedures might need to be performed to prepare your mouth for a denture:

Bone Smoothing and Reshaping

Bone smoothing and reshaping involve precisely modifying the contours of the jawbone to eliminate any irregularities or sharp edges. This process ensures that your dentures will sit comfortably and securely in your mouth, minimizing the risk of discomfort or irritation.

Removing Excess Bone

Excess bone may need to be removed to create adequate space for the denture to fit properly. This procedure is essential for preventing pressure points and ensuring dentures evenly distribute bite force across your gums.

Bone Ridge Reduction

Bone ridge reduction is often necessary to reduce the height or width of the jawbone in areas where it may protrude excessively. This adjustment helps improve the stability and retention of your dentures, allowing for better chewing and speaking ability.

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Excess gum tissue can interfere with the fit of your dentures, leading to discomfort or difficulty wearing them. Surgical removal of this excess tissue can create a smoother, more comfortable fit.

Exposure of Impacted Teeth

Surgical exposure may be necessary to facilitate their removal in cases where teeth are impacted or partially covered by gum tissue. This paves the way for successful denture insertion.

Pre-prosthetic surgery plays a crucial role in ensuring the success and longevity of your dentures. If you are considering dentures, consult our dentist to determine if pre-prosthetic surgery is necessary. Contact our office to make an appointment today.

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