Pre-prosthetic Surgery

Omi und Opi The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis 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.  A denture sits on the bone ridge, so it is very important that the bone is the proper shape and size.  If a tooth needs to be extracted, the underlying bone might be left sharp and uneven.  For the best fit of a denture, the bone might need to be smoothed out or reshaped. Occasionally, excess bone needs to be removed / recontoured 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
  • bone ridge reduction
  • removal of excess gum tissue
  • grafting of skin or specialized gum tissue

We will review your particular needs with you during your appointment.