Having a stable and comfortable denture makes all the difference when it comes to tooth replacement. Dentures that slip while you eat and speak can cause sores and other problems. Some patients’ mouths are shaped in such a way that a partial or full denture can’t fit properly, even after multiple adjustments. Pre-prosthetic surgery can alter the shape of your gums to ensure a successful fit.
When teeth are missing for an extended period, the bone that once held the teeth in place can start to change shape. Dental extractions can also leave sharp or uneven areas of bone beneath the gums. Our oral surgeons can make minor adjustments to the bone and/or soft tissue around the gums so that your prosthesis fits comfortably and securely. To learn more about your pre-prosthetic surgery options, contact one of our offices in Alexandria, LA.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Every mouth is different, which is why not everyone will need the same procedure. In fact, some people don’t need pre-prosthetic surgery at all. The length of time that teeth have been missing, genetic factors, and other aspects of your health history can all contribute to the overall shape of your mouth.
Below are a few of the possible pre-prosthetic procedures that can prepare your mouth for a denture:
- Removal of excess gum/soft tissue
- Removal of excess bone
- Bone reshaping and ridge reduction
- Exposure or removal of impacted teeth
Your oral surgeon will perform a thorough oral exam before forming your treatment plan. One or more of the procedures listed above may be necessary, depending on your specific needs. Pre-prosthetic procedures are typically minor outpatient procedures, and all necessary alterations can often be made during one appointment.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery in Alexandria, LA
Our oral surgeons have years of training and experience preparing patients for dentures and other tooth replacement options. If you are suffering from a poor denture fit, your oral surgeon can discuss your options during a consultation appointment. We also offer other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, which may fit better with your lifestyle than partial or full dentures. Contact one of our offices in Alexandria, LA, and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.