Preprosthetic Surgery

The preparation of your mouth for a prosthesis is referred to as preprosthetic surgery. These procedures, usually performed before receiving a partial or complete denture, maximize a patient’s comfort. A denture sits on the bone ridge, so it’s crucial that the bone is the proper shape and size to ensure the best fit possible. If a tooth needs to be extracted, the underlying bone might be left sharp and uneven, in which case the bone might need to be smoothed out or reshaped. Occasionally, excess bone might need to be removed.

One or more of the following procedures could potentially be performed prior to denture insertion:

• Bone smoothing and reshaping
• Removal of excess bone
• Bone ridge reduction
• Removal of excess gum tissue
• Exposure of impacted teeth

Dental Prosthetics