Sometimes, the shape of the bone or tissue around the gums makes it impossible for a partial plate or full denture to fit comfortably. Especially after tooth loss, the bone around the empty tooth sockets can change shape or become uneven. Even after multiple fittings, full or partial dentures can slip or cause sores and discomfort for some patients. The oral surgeons at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Tucson, AZ, and Oro Valley, AZ, perform pre-prosthetic surgery to improve denture fit.
Pre-prosthetic surgery refers to any procedure that prepares your mouth for a more secure and comfortable-fitting prosthesis. Most pre-prosthetic procedures are fairly minor, with the goal of smoothing out or reshaping the bone or soft tissue beneath the denture.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Each patient is different, and the shape of your jaw/dental arch will determine what procedure will help you. One or more of the following procedures may be needed when preparing for a denture or prostheses:
- Removal of excess gum or soft tissue
- Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
- Reduction of the alveolar ridge
- Exposing impacted teeth or extracting teeth
These and other procedures may help you achieve a comfortable denture fit. When you come to our offices in Tucson, AZ, or Oro Valley, AZ, one of our surgeons will be happy to evaluate your condition and help you find a treatment that works for you.
Why do I need a pre-prosthetic procedure?
Not everyone needs to have pre-prosthetic surgery. It all depends on the shape of your gums and overall mouth. Like with any other physical feature, genetics often play a large role in the overall shape of your mouth and palate. The number of missing teeth and length of time that the teeth have been missing can also affect the shape of the jaws and gum line.
Pre-prosthetic Surgery in Tucson, AZ, and Oro Valley, AZ
If your dentures can’t fit properly or comfortably, you may need a pre-prosthetic procedure. Contact one of our offices to learn more about pre-prosthetic surgery or schedule an appointment today.