Dentures are still a popular choice for patients who need to replace an entire arch or a partial arch of teeth. Unfortunately, the shape of some people’s mouths cannot accommodate dentures without causing pain or discomfort. Pre-prosthetic surgery procedures reshape the bone and tissues in the mouth to create a secure, functional, and comfortable fit for a denture.
Our oral surgeons are experts at performing pre-prosthetic procedures to help patients achieve the best and most comfortable denture fit. If you have problems finding the right denture fit, even after multiple fittings, pre-prosthetic surgery may be right for you. Our surgeons have offices in New Brunswick, East Brunswick, and Middlesex, NJ, for your convenience.
Why do I need pre-prosthetic surgery?
Many patients wonder why they need pre-prosthetic surgery when other people have no problem with their dentures. The shape of your mouth is largely affected by genetics, much like face shape, eye color, and other features. Your dental condition can also affect the shape of your mouth — missing teeth often leave portions of bone that are uneven or stick out more than the rest of the bony ridge. Surgically smoothing out these areas can make it possible for a denture to fit securely and comfortably.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Several minor procedures fall into the category of pre-prosthetic surgery. The type of procedure(s) you need will largely depend on your particular condition. Some of the most common pre-prosthetic procedures include
- Bone smoothing or reshaping
- Removing excess bone or gum tissue
- Extraction of teeth to make space for a denture
- Reduction of the bony ridge
One or more of the above procedures may be necessary to prepare you for your dentures. Your oral surgeon will go over your treatment plan with you during a consultation appointment and oral examination.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery at Oral Surgery Group
Our oral surgeons are happy to work with you and your dentist or prosthodontist to ensure your dentures fit securely and comfortably. To learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our oral surgeons, contact one of our offices in New Brunswick, NJ, East Brunswick, or Middlesex, NJ.