The preparation of your mouth before the delivery of a partial or complete denture is referred to as Pre-Prosthetic Surgery.
Some patients require minor oral surgical procedures before receiving a partial or complete denture in order to ensure the maximum level of comfort in utilizing their dental prosthesis. Since those appliances sit on the alveolar ridge, the bone that had previously surrounded the teeth roots, it is important that the ridge is the proper shape and size. If a tooth is extracted, the underlying bone might be sharp and uneven. For the best fit of a partial or complete denture, the bone might need to be smoothed or reshaped. Occasionally, excess bone (torus or exostosis) may also need to be removed prior to denture insertion.
One or more of the following procedures might need to be performed in order to prepare your mouth for a denture:
- Bone smoothing and reshaping
- Removal of excess bone
- Alveolar ridge reduction
- Removal of excess gum tissue
- Removal of impacted teeth
Dr. Burns will review your particular needs with you during your consultation.