The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a denture is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery.
Some patients may require oral surgery before receiving a partial or complete denture in order to ensure the maximum level of fit and comfort. Dentures rely on the bone ridge of your jaws for fit and support, so it is very important that this bone is of the proper shape and size. If teeth need to be extracted in preparation for a denture, the surrounding bone needs to be smoothed or reshaped at the time of the tooth extractions in order to prevent uncomfortable sharp edges beneath your future denture. Occasionally, normal, yet excessive, bone growths called “tori” or “exostoses” may also need to be removed prior to denture insertion if they are present.
One or more of the following procedures might need to be performed in order to prepare your mouth for a denture:
- Removal of teeth
- Bone ridge smoothing, reshaping, or reduction
- Removal of excess bone growths called “tori” or “exostoses”
- Removal or reshaping of excess gum tissue
At the time of your initial consultation, Drs. Mynsberge, Ruggles or Yang will perform a thorough clinical examination and review of your x-rays to determine the particular needs specific to your case.